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Medieval Art vs. Renaissance Art
Transcript of Medieval Art vs. Renaissance Art
by Abigail Satow
Art has always been a massive part of culture. It's used for expression, reminders, religious purposes, and much more. Art is also ever-changing. The rules of art, it's style, and it's importance. In this Prezi, the art from the Middle Ages and the art from the Renaissance will be compared and contrasted.
What were the Middle Ages?
The Middle Ages lasted from the 5th Century until the late 15th Century. They were a time of much turbulence among the powers of the time. The time of knights and castles weren't all that lovely. The Crusades happened, the Knights Templar, the Hundred Years War between England and France, the War of the Roses, and the horrible, unstoppable, Black Plague or the Bubonic Plague. So now you've an idea about the when and what of the Middle Ages, lets move on to its art.
In the Early Middle Ages, the art was found in forms of precious metals, architecture, cathedral paintings, etc. In the Middle Middle Ages, churches and cathedrals were still major parts of art. The books of religion were hand-crafted and written entirely in calligraphy. There were also paintings and statues made for places of worship. In the Late Middle Ages, cathedrals were bases on the Gothic style, oil portraits became popular, ivory carvings and caskets, wood carvings, paintings, silk, tapestries, pottery, these were the forms of art in the time. In the Middle Ages, nearly all of the art was based on religion. There was a large amount of detail, but not necessarily perspective or emotion.
What was the Renaissance?
The Renaissance period lasted from the beginning 15th Century to the early 17th Century. The word "Renaissance" is the word rebirth coming from French. Art and music during this time became more individualized and creative. The rules of the Middle Ages were much stricter than those of the Renaissance.
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The Renaissance brought about many changes. Paintings were more personal, reveling in the mystery and beauty of nature and people. More light and shadow was used, perspective was more abundant than the Middle Ages. The colors were brighter and there was more emotion. The art looked more alive.