The Middle Ages Art Period In Comparison To The Renaissance Art Period

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The Middle Ages Art period is the name that has been given to cover the different art styles that spanned over about a thousand years. It began around 200 AD and ended around 1450 AD. This period of time is often referred to as the “Dark Ages“. The Middle Ages began when the Roman Empire was Taken down by German Visigoths, and divided into two parts, Eastern and Western. The Western part of the empire fell apart, while the Eastern part of the empire stayed intact. The Catholic Religion of the time was split by the Great Schism that transpired. This caused the Catholic Religion of the west and the Byzantium Empire in the east. The growth of the Eastern Orthodox Church had a significant impact on the art of the period. In the first... View More »

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There were no portrait paintings, colors were muted, and the artists came from religious houses, such as monasteries. There was no use of shadows, figures were usually front facing, art was one dimensional with no perspective, figures usually had long, narrow, solemn faces, and there was no realism portrayed in the art. One example of art from this period would be the mosaic of Christ Pantocrator of the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople.

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The Renaissance Art period followed the Middle Ages Art period. It lasted from around 1400 AD to around 1550 AD. It began in Italy as its own distinct style. It was considered a rebirth of ancient traditions. Man strayed from the thoughts of the universe and God being the province of the Church to the Humanist philosophy of man’s relationship with humanity. It was a time of rediscovering ancient Greek ideals. Man studied the archaeological remains of Rome, classical texts that had been lost for centuries to European scholars were recovered, Philosophy, Prose, Poetry, Drama, Science, and thesis on Arts and Early Christian Theology. They gained access to advanced mathematics from Islamic scholars. Man gained knowledge and began to get their inspiration from life and nature instead of from the Church. Improvements were made in the materials used for the creation of art.
Artists began creating works of art that had dimension, were more naturalistic and real. They introduced perspective, proportion, and attempted to imitate nature. They ...

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