THE RENAISSANCE 1420 (H5)
xxxxxThe Renaissance was a renewed interest in the classical period of Greece and Rome, its art, architecture, literature and philosophy, but it was also a gradual realisation that man could play some part in shaping his own destiny. It ushered in a new era of learning, science and discovery. The year 1420 -
xxxxxThe Renaissance was not an event, and to call it a movement would imply that it had some form of leadership and a declared intention; it had neither. Perhaps it can be best described as a gradual awareness by man of what he had at one time achieved in the past, and what he might well achieve in the future. It was certainly a renewed interest in the classical period of Greece and Rome, -
xxxxxBrunelleschi’s contribution to the classical grandeur of his native city of Florence, starting around 1420, is often taken as a convenient starting point of this rebirth in art, learning and self -
xxxxxWe have now to see (H6), the impact on the field of art made by Brunelleschi’s fellow artists, like Ghiberti, Donatello, Masaccio, and Alberti. These were the men who made Florence the major artistic centre of Italy in the early period of the Italian Renaissance. And alongside this rush of talent, we find the beginnings of the great age of discovery, greatly encouraged if not initiated, as we have already seen, by the industrious Prince Henry the Navigator.
The Birth of Venus: by the Florentine Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli (c1445-