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The Gothic awakening could be tributed to the being a spark of all the changes that brought about the Renaissance. Christian Europe distanced itself from a traditional life governed by a conservative church and feudal states. The Crusades brought contact with the Islamic world and loosened the stable hierarchy of feudalism. Towns and cities took on a quicker rhythm of life and supported and stimulated the change (Bishop 177).
The Renaissance was a period of transformation of the world as we know it.
It was a cultural movement that began in Italy and spread all throughout Europe. The Renaissance transformed almost all known ways of life of European culture and society. It saw a resurgence of the classical texts and plays, as well as the development of new scientific discoveries and innovative styles of art.
In the sixteenth century, the Renaissance had reached all throughout Europe, making an impact of the progress of literature, science, philosophy, religion, politics, and art. This movement initially started with Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo in Italy, whom studied and created numerous artistic avenues.
Most consider da Vinci to be the definition of the “Renaissance man”, someone who has a wide span of intellectual understanding in many fields of study (Krull 77 ).
Renaissance people had certain common values such as humanism, individualism, skepticism, well-roundedness, secularism, and classicism. These values were reflected in buildings, writing, painting, sculpture, and science (Bishop 165-166).
The art of the Renaissance did not limit itself to just being a thing of beauty, there seem to always be some hidden intellectual discipline: perspective was developed, light and shadow blurred and the human anatomy was exhausted in studies for new research.
The artists of the Renaissance were on a journey to rediscover intellectual ambition of the classical civilizations, but they also pushed the boundaries of what they knew and what is possible to achieve.
Events like these evidenced the thirst for knowledge and change in society as they knew it. Not only Michelangelo and da Vinci but many “Giants of the Renaissance” were able to grow and change and express themselves. They were celebrated and encouraged with almost carte blanche for their creations.
I believe that our educational institutions are once again supporting the artists of the world. I remember being in elementary school and the threat to the arts programs. The studies that were discussed spoke to the ability to learn more effectively when a student was in a music or arts program. I for one can attest to this being a factor in my scholastic career. “Nothing activates as many areas of the brain as music…” (Berger 12).
Today the Internet has allowed many avenues for creators to be known and to express themselves. Some more accepted than others, but all are open to create what they want, to show their own vision. A wide variety of media can display anything you wish; Twitch, DeviantArt, SoundCloud, YouTube, all have unique opportunities to let anyone share their art, whatever it may be. Although I don’t believe we are on a revolutionary timeline of discovery with these methods, I do feel like we can change the human condition and connect even more. In a way that can be art as well.
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