Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Introspection Improves Perception

In the 15th century Italians in the elite circles embraced the humanism. “Humanisms the emphasis in the education and on expanding knowledge, the exportation of individual potential and the desire to excel, and a commitment to civic responsibility and moral duty.” This thought was completely against the regular Christianity view of how life should be looked at. Through this new belief the world moved ahead in the sense of science, medicine, and engineering. This brought on real thinking that had to do with things in this world and less with what some people would call fairy tales from a fictional story. No longer would the church control knowledge and it was for the best. “Humanism also fostered a belief in individual potential and encouraged individual achievement.”

This new thinking changed the art toward the individual so the art improved when it came to aspects of the human form. The art created in this era emphasized on creating images of humans that were natural. The people in the art have more natural features, they show more emotion, and proportions enhanced. “Ghiberti revealed a genuine appreciation of the nude male form and a deep interest in how the muscular system and skeletal structure move the human body”. Now that artist could concentrate on how humans really look artist became more skilled in creating statues of the human body and movement. “Donatello took a fundamental step toward depicting motion on the human figure by recognizing the principle of weight shift.” Also perspective greatly grew so people acting within building looked more accurate. Some artist even made art from a strange perspective accurately portraying the angles of people and buildings.

When it comes to the evolution of art from a movement the relationship does not exist. Pretty much every kind of art has been tried for different reasons, meanings, and purposes. There is no art that can evolve if there are no more new areas to improve. Technology and information is widely known so everyone has access to any information one can get their hands on. However there is a relationship between artist’s art choices. People who believed in humanism did self more self portraits and accurate perspective. These days people who believe in Christianity paint about god and religious scenes. People who believe in revolution paint pictures of propaganda and exaggerated subjects. People’s passions drive their art which happened back in 15th century Italy.

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