Master-Apprentice Relationships

Megan Rowe

During the Renaissance, one had to become an apprentice under a master in order to learn varying artistic process and thus finely tune their own techniques as an artist. Based on these teachings, it can be observed that artists adapted their style around their master's. Starting in the early Renaissance, similarities were seen in Giotto's style after working under his master Cimabue. Leonardo da Vinci and his master Verrocchio also shared similar characteristics in the High Renaissance. Throughout the Italian Renaissance, the influence that a master artist had on this apprentice was seen through the work of Raphael and his masters. This relationship is shown through the use of similar techniques along with rendering, stylistic choices and contextual choices. These techniques show the importance of teaching to an artist early in their artistic careers.

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