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Influences of the Classical Art in the Renaissance. Interactive Panorama


The Italian Renaissance began in Florence in the beginning of the 15th century. The term Renaissance comes from the French word for rebirth. This period was a time of upheaval in a number of domains, including painting and sculpture, and represented a break from the artistic traditions of the Middle Ages. The artists and sculptors of the Italian Renaissance---Masaccio, Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci---looked to the classical art of ancient Greece and Rome for inspiration.

In architecture, the Roman orders types of columns are used: Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian and Composite. These can either be structural, supporting an arcade or architrave, or purely decorative, set against a wall in the form of pilasters. During the Renaissance, architects aimed to use columns, pilasters, and entablatures as an integrated system.


Taking inspiration from classical Roman and Greek art, Renaissance artist were also interested in the human body, particularly the nude. They attempted to idealize the human form and were shown in physical perfection and purity with expression and unique personality.



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