Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Science, Humanism, and Art production in the 15th Century

Both Science and Humanism play an important role in the art production in 15th Century Italy. Science drove most of the artist to keep painting, sketching, and learning about everything. Like many of the artist of the 15th Century they learned all that they could to make their painting the best and to become real "masters." With so many artist of the time wanting to gain knowledge it made it easier for the next artist to know what to do. By having da Vinci learning what he could about anatomy and his interest in machinery gave art another subject to paint about. This was the time when everyone wanted to learn. People always went to church instead of reading their bibles at home because they couldn't read. Many people at this time were privileged if they could learn, and some even had to gain knowledge their own way as da Vinci. That's when Humanism plays an important role. With the artist wanting to paint other things (landscapes, myths, and portraits) rather than painting religious paintings gave the artist another way to show their skills. Now I don't believe that's is a big of a deal as it was in the 15th Century. Their are so many artist that paint whatever they feel like doing. Humanism is not play out as much as it was back in the 15th Century. Their are painters that just want to paint landscapes. Religions are so wide now that an artist can produce what they like and does not have to worry about getting punished. On the other hand science is still played in art and I believe that it always will be. Now in our Century we have so many formulas and tools to help us create perfect perspectives and 3d images. But having a common relationship now, between science and humanism in art, I don't see any in my opinion. Times have changes so much since the 15th Century that subjects in paintings are what the artist wants to portray.

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