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GREAT RENAISSANCE PAINTERS Submitted by [Tyler Liebnau] Prepared for [Mr. Virgil’s] [Computers] [11/27/2007]
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1 Great Renaissance Painters The period of 1400–1600 is known as the Renaissance. The scholars and artists of this period “rediscovered the culture and thought of ancient Greece and Rome. That is why the period is referred to as the Renaissance (which means the rebirth), alluding to this new point of departure after centuries of slumber during the Middle Ages” (Canto 5). Giorgia Vasari, in his book Lives of the Painters, Sculptors and Architects, first published in 1550, divided the Renaissance into three periods. The first period, roughly 1250–1400, he described as “the first Lights, glimmering out of the darkness of the Middle Ages” (Witcombe 3). The second period, the 1400s, was called the Early Renaissance. The 1500s made up the third period, which was known as the High Renaissance. During the Renaissance, many innvations influenced painters and their work. Oil paint was invented. Linear and atmospheric perspectives were introduced and made paintings more realistic. During the 1400s, painters were trained in anatomy, mathematical perspective, geo metry, and optics (witcombe 1).
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