The Renaissance Time Periods And Art Techniques  

The Renaissance era began in Italy in Florence. The Medici family ruled Florence and promoted art along with science to a great extent. The Renaissance era started around the 14th century and ended by the end of the 16th century. It is divided into three time periods, namely Early, High and Late.

Early Renaissance was when Donatello, the sculptor, Filippo Brunelleschi, the architect, and Masaccio, the painter, were at their peak. They are credited with laying the foundation for the movement by creating realistic figures that showed human personality and behavior. These masters focused on getting the right proportions in terms of architecture, the human body and space. Early Renaissance covered all the art that was created in the 15th century.

The High Renaissance focused on drama, balance and physical presence. The artists who were prominent during this era were Leonardo da Vinci, Donat Bramante, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titan. This period of art lasted just for a short duration from 1495 to 1520.

The Late Renaissance started in 1527, when artists from Rome had to relocate to other places in Italy, France and Spain. During this period, people started developing sentiments against classical art, and as a result this period gradually turned into the Mannerist movement.

Different art techniques were employed during the Renaissance era. This was an era where artists started experimenting with oil-based paints and mixing pigment powder with linseed oil to get the perfect painting medium. These paints used to dry slowly, and as a result the artist could edit and re-edit his work for many months together. During this period, light and perspective became very important in addition to accurately depicting the architecture in the background of paintings. Artists during this period painted a lot of artwork related to Madonna, and got their inspiration from Roman and Greek art. In addition, this was also the era, when human body, especially nude human body, was very interesting to artists. Human body was depicted as being physically perfect and pure with its own unique personality and expression.

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