Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Relationship between science, humanism, and artistic production in 15th century Italy

The 15th century Italian culture witnessed a new high with the increasing demand for education and expanding knowledge in civic responsibility. The development of the metal type press facilitated the production and distribution of books across Italy. Translation of the books to a more commonly spoken dialect, made it easier for more people to read and Learn to understand the works of the great writers of the early times, such as, Socrates, Ari stole, and Plato. Humanist avidly acquired information in the fields of science and engineering; the study of the body and how it worked fascinated them. How to cure illness with medicine became an ever growing field of study. The Renaissance developed one of the greatest minds of all times, Leonardo DA Vinci. He is known as a "Renaissance Man" because he was gifted in many arts including architecture, painting, geology, aerodynamics, hydraulics, botany and military design. Renaissance Italy adopted and encouraged individual improvement and rewarded excellence with fame and honor. Artist were more than just blacksmith and craftsman, now they were becoming masters of their arts. With the powerful and elite families bidding to commission their skills for personal works of art. Art was no longer just of the church but also for rich and influential families. One of the most influential families was the Medici family, they made their vast fortune in Italy's banking and commissioning some of the world's greatest works of art. With possession of art a sign of success, artist were in great demand. Competition became fierce and art work became spectacular.
I can see a lot of similarities between now and then. The Medici banking and today's banking still control most of the trends and culture. With bank financing and grants for research in fields of science and new moves in computer technology, I believe that the new "Renaissance Man" of today are the likes of Bill Gates, Mark Cuban and the late Sam Walton.

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