Humanism In The Renaissance Art

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The Humanist movement in Italy represents a revival of classical themes through texts and art in order to learn about human life. This guided artists and scholars through their lives. Renaissance artists took inspiration for their artistic themes and portrayal of the human body from classical antiquity. This was evident especially with two artists, Raphael and Michelangelo, who worked under the Papacy, while flourishing during the High Renaissance by drawing influences from other artists. Raphael and Michelangelo’s artworks reveal Renaissance themes of intellectual importance, and the humanity of the individual with their style of artwork and method for creation by drawing on humanism’s focus on antiquity. Humanism began with educated professionals reading ancient Latin texts and later Greek texts. This began the revival of ancient ideas. People began to look to the intellectuals of the past in order to learn from them about life. One politician and writer, Machiavelli, studied the historian Livy to learn about governments and the Roman Republic in order to solve the issues with government during his time (Machiavelli 111-128). Artists were also looking to antiquity to study classical art. This was aided by discoveries of ancient art. In the 15th century multiple statues were discovered including the Belvedere Apollo statue, Laocoon and His Sons, and the Belvedere Torso. The Belvedere Apollo features the famous contrapposto pose that the Romans and Greeks used in statuary
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