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Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Art: A Comparison

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Cassandra Brown

on 20 September 2017

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Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Art: A Comparison
Classical Art
Before Medieval and Renaissance art there was classical art (usually based on ancient Greek and Roman cultures)
Sculptures, pottery, mosaics and murals
Purpose: to show the importance of people and leaders, as well as gods and goddesses
Lifelike; more perfect than real life
Bodies looked active and motion was believable
In paintings, there was little background or sense of perspective.
Example of Classical Art
Medieval and Renaissance Art
Medieval Renaissance

1. No expressions on faces 1. Faces are filled with emotion
and expression
2. Stiff and unrealistic poses 2. Human poses are lifelike and
3. European art was the property 3. Artists take credit for their
of the Church-often religious work and become famous;
themes, individuals were not -- also portraits are done of
paintings not signed people

Medieval Renaissance

4. Tempura paints were used 4. Oil paints were used-- lets
--dried too quickly to correct artists work slowly, create
mistakes new colors, and obtain
more lifelike effects

5. The Church forbids 5. Like the Greeks and
displaying the naked Romans, artists study
human body anatomy to portray
humans realistically


6. There is no balance, proportion, or perspective
--pictures are "flat" and two dimensional because
the most important spiritual figures in the
painting are larger than the less important ones.

7. Halos and gold backgrounds symbolized residents of heaven and the holy atmosphere of heaven
6. Artists create proportion with the
illusion of depth and distance on the flat
surface called linear perspective. They use
geometry to achieve balance.

7. Portrayed naturalistic landscapes of this
world and saints lived in the same world as
ordinary people
Example of Medieval Art
Example of Renaissance Art
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