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Title: The Art of the Italian Renaissance


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The Art of the Italian Renaissance
  • Global History and Geography 9
  • Sachem North High School

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What was the Renaissance?
The Renaissance was a time of renewal, a time of
creativity and change Renaissance means rebirth
and Europe was recovering from the Medieval times
with its Dark Ages and the Black Plague. People
began to put more focus on human beings.
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Where did it begin?
  • Italy
  • Italian Cities
  • Major Trading Centers
  • Secular-Moved away from life in the church
    started focusing more on material objects and
    enjoying life

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Major Italian Cities
During the Middle Ages Italy was made up of many
independent city-states in northern and central
Italy that played an important role in Italian
politics and art during the Renaissance.
Milan One of the richest cities, it controls
trade through the Alps.
Venice Sitting on the Adriatic, it attracts trade
from all over the world.
Florence Controlled by the Medici Family, who
became great patrons of the arts.
Genoa Had Access to both sea and overland trade
routes
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  • Italians were willing to spend a lot of money on
    art.
  • Art communicated social, political and spiritual
    values.
  • Wealthy merchants had the money to support the
    arts-patrons.
  • Renaissance art reflected the new ideas of the
    time.

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Characteristics of Renaissance Art
Renaissance art focused on individuals and
worldly matters, along with Christianity.
  • Medieval art focused on the Church and salvation

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Characteristics of Renaissance Art
  • embraced some of the ideals of Greece and Rome
  • subjects realistic and focused on humanity and
    emotion

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Characteristics of Renaissance Art
  • Perspective

By making distant objects smaller than those
close to the viewer, artists could paint scenes
that appeared three dimensional.
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Ideas reflected in Renaissance Art
  • Secularism-focus on the earthly, the
    non-religious
  • Humanism-the intellectual movement that focused
    on worldly subjects rather than on religious
    issues
  • Individualism-the importance of the individual.
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