Renaissance was a period of the rebirth of classical art, which made knowledge to expand greatly as art flourished. The period was typically an epoch that saw a drastic shift in the development of several elements of empowerment that built humanity. Markedly, art is no exception in chronological development, emerged to serve humanity in many ways (Campbell, 2009).
With the invention and development of the printing press, the rate of literacy equally progressed due to what art brought into the ancient forms of education. With increased art literacy, populations living at the time had a great flair in learning how to read and write, thereby increasing the need to build new schools while expanding the existing ones.
However, as people became more knowledgeable, they began to press for more freedoms and rights, thus inspiring popular revolts against the ancient administrations (Burke, 1982). Renaissance Art, therefore, opened up society and generally changed the way people viewed and conceptualized things within their midst. Some of the paintings of images of Kings and Queens, for example, depicted them in ways that criticized their acts (Kleiner, 2008).
Such paintings were forceful in making the populations to learn and appreciate the power that art had in the society. Therefore, art was a great tool of empowerment that had great influence and impact in developing humanity and society. To date, renaissance art was critical in reviving learning interests in ancient Rome and Greece.
This paper explores the art renaissance, its influences, and impacts to and how it helped to develop people. The analysis looks at the birth of classical antiquities, stimulating images, as well as the concept of culture in the Renaissance. These elements form the core of the research paper.
The birth of classical antiquities
Renaissance not only refers to the sudden widespread of the flourishing literature and art during the 15th century in Italy, but it also marked the revival of antique cultures that the renaissance art shaped at the time. These forms of ancient art, according to Hebert (2004), injected a peculiar kind of curiosity in the populations living in Italy at the time.
Moreover, as the wind of renaissance spread across Europe, cultures were rapidly changing to conform to the wave of the new epoch. Chronicles offer that art renaissance revived the European intellectual history, leading the European society to the rebirth of the classical sphere on which humanism developed (Hebert, 2004). The humanist philosophy sought to reclaim the dignity of humanity, which aimed at pursuing the gains made by man.
Arguably, the limitation of conceptualizing art renaissance was both its vigor and rigor. In celebrating the classical art renaissance, these stimulating images suggested that art played multiple roles ranging from basic education of the masses to the concept of governance and society (Burke, 1982).
Drawings, sculptures, and paintings not only denoted specific meanings, but they also revealed moral motifs in their unique forms, exploring the vitality of the manifestation of humanity, the energy, and the resolution to explore the beauty of nature that it seeks to reveal.
Through these developments, Campbell (2009) observes that the humanist consciousness shifted from the initial emphasis of logic and theological thinking to championing the course of humanity. In pursuit of these endeavors, it is clear that art renaissance flagged off the classical human consciousness that put the contemporary secular world into motion through its stimulating images.
As classical art flourished, the ancient artifacts became a source of persuasive creativity by developing artists in their creativity, inspiring the populations while injecting sufficient curiosity in people (Hartt, 1969). Art renaissance created in the people the thirst to emulate some of the great achievements of the past while seeking to make the future more profound (Art of Renaissance and Baroque Europe (1400–1750), 2001).
The elevated status of art renaissance often reflects the status of the ancient world in Italy as a society that enlightened much early in history. Through these informal art practices, the Italian culture became much devoted to the supremacy of its innovation. In Ancient Rome, scholars of art were highly respected, and most indeed came to position themselves in highly respected ranks in government and other public positions.
Apart from the traditional role played by art in Ancient Rome, what made art renaissance so distinct from other informal art was its visual luster and stimulating images. According to Rabb (2003), individual Latin words are represented by their own unique symbols, which might be abstract images of known as characters. Essentially, learning the ancient Italian artwork involved the mastery of these distinct images through a rigorous process of training that entailed continuous practice.
Renaissance art as a concept of culture
Ancient Italian society enjoyed the patronage of rich cultural artistic expression that was not the case in various parts of the world. At the time of King Henry VIII reigns, art was held in high esteem, and this was further developed when his son, the heir apparent, Edward VI took the mantle of leadership afterward (Rabb, 2003).
Consequently, the indigenous Italian people enjoyed consecutive rich periods of cultural expression seen in the eyes of historians and researchers as the embryonic taste of modern-day Roman literature, art, and philosophy (Art of Renaissance and Baroque Europe (1400–1750), 2001).
Art embraced every clime of society and had deep roots in religious expression. Traditionally, the Roman people saw these developments as expressions of ethical government twinned with religious tolerance. Artistry, consequently, became synonymous with people in appreciation of their cultures, which were also their elements of trade at the time.
Art idealized the way of the ancient Roman thinking and developed the indigenous people most of whom became painters, poets, philosophers, and potters. The ancient Roman society took pride in these individuals for their immense knowledge and benefit to the society (Art of Renaissance and Baroque Europe (1400–1750), 2001). Many professionals have consequently emerged from these developments, and to date, the contemporary society holds them in high esteem.
From the foregoing analysis, it is clear that renaissance was such an empowering epoch that had a great influence on the populations living at the time. Even today, its impacts show how it helped to develop people by injecting innovative skills in individuals most of whom developed to become philosophers, painters, poets, and potters that transformed the society in many ways. This remarkable epoch saw man evolving through a rigorous experience that embraced social maturity and beckoned every one of the consciousness of public life.
Through these ancient arts, humanity evolved into a robust society that embraced and felt the need of education, politics, and religion among other things. These embryonic forms of art evolved to inform modern art and much of the work that the modern day artists as mere perfections of what began many centuries ago. Until today, hope looms large that the ancient people’s thirst for greater achievement, as seen in these works will no doubt continues to develop humanity.
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