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A new wave of thinkers, known as humanists, came to be important influences upon the ideas and people that surfaced during the time of the Renaissance. A humanist was often a believer in stressing the dignity of humankind, championing individualism and believing in most secular values. The education by which these humanists received was known as studia humanitatis, which provided them with the value of placing emphasis on the individual, which later influenced Renaissance visual arts. Linked back to studia humanitatis was also the stressing of one of humanists main practices—known as civic humanism, which also was portrayed through Renaissance art. The ability to acquire knowledge of the Greco-Roman times has... View More »

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One of the major pieces of Renaissance artwork was crafted by artists, Raphael, entitled School of Athens. The painting displays the humanism value of doing something good to better the environment and those around you (civic humanism) by showing many people together in one place discussing and learning to initially help better themselves and help those around them. For example, those of Plato, Aristotle and Socrates first better themselves by getting educated and then applied their knowledge individually and made many discoveries that would later advance and improve society. Artist Donatello sculpted David, yet in an opposing way to that of Michelangelo, which displayed a great example of civic humanism that many people of the time could relate to, especially humanists. Donatello portrayed David to be a young skinny boy with a helmet, which represented him to be his own little warrior, who could be capable of defeating a giant. By displaying David more like an everyday common man, people could see how he had educated himself in a skill for fighting and then applied it to protect others—which influenced many people to believe they could do the same and believe that civic humanism is a good responsibility. Renaissance art displayed a variety of humanistic ideas, especially those of civic humanists, as taught in studia humanitatis.

A main belief of humanism was the ability to acquire Greco-Roman knowledge of the past and apply to your future, as displayed in many works of Renaissance artists. The work done by Raphael in the School of Athens, shows his clear knowledge of ...

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