Continuities and Innovations in the Arts of Renaissance Europe

Marissa L Smith, Ciara G McAlinden and Hallie Meredith

INTRODUCTION:

The Renaissance is a key point of understanding and research for any art historian. This website is comprised of the investigations by several young art historians, driven by their personal interests and how they tie into the Renaissance. The following website contain a series of academic essays with a shared focus on the Italian Renaissance. As students studying the Arts of the European Renaissance, each author has pursued research about Renaissance art history and culture. In an attempt to understand the artworks produced in greater depth, European culture and religion played a predominant role in class discussions. As a class, we analysed contextual trends to determine the causes behind their popularity. Certain art forms and icons appeared countless times and experienced a decline in depictions within the course of Renaissance developments. The majority of art works tied directly to religion, since the patrons were most often churches, religious leaders, or wealthy families. In this class, the goal was to find connections between societal, religious, and artistic progressions and relate them to society today.

The essays covering materials, subjects, patrons, and artists of the Renaissance chronicled on this website are only a glimpse of the many subjects covered throughout the class. The Renaissance was pure progress in the arts. The essays below discuss an overall approach to the Renaissance, the progression of Humanism and individualism, as well as the visual journey of Byzantine abstraction to naturalism. Renaissance artists constantly searched for perfection. The tools, techniques, and materials of the artists changed throughout this period, often focusing on the artists' ability for greater detail and rediscovering classical techniques.

THEMATIC GUIDE:

This is our guide as to how best to navigate your way through our many varied interests and research topics.


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