Throughout history, distinct changes in society caused artwork to
alter style; these moments designate the beginning and end of a style
period. By examining, the Renaissance, the shift of interest from
religion to the individual, provides the framework behind the period
ideals: humanism and individualism. During this period, art also became
more physiological, aligning itself with the humanism and realism to be
found in this period's artists. As artists like Leonardo da Vinci and
Piero della Francesca delved into their scientific and mathematical
discovery. Art followed and reflected each man's exploration of places
and principles where he had never been. Religion continued to hold its
place in reflected artwork and sculpture, while mixing with mythology,
and then further into naturalism. Artists style became intentional and
purposeful during the Renaissance. One outcome, seemed to be
re-designing landscape, persona and events into a more literal and
personal form of art. This drew criticism as much as it did admiration.
It is interesting to follow the 'life' of art through the Renaissance
period, as it met with the same social resistance as did political,
scientific, and inventive realms. People tend to resist change, and art
actually stimulates change as much as any other social system. As a
result of the societal stimulus that art played in the Renaissance was
pivotal to giving birth to the 're-birth', making this one of the most
'brilliant and expressive' periods in history.
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