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This temple is an example of the fantastic architecture that the ancient Romans created.#Temple of Jupiter I enjoyed traveling through the fascinating civilization of ancient Rome. My next stop was the Italian Renaissance. The Renaissance was characterized by breathtaking, plentiful art. The most popular mediums of this time were architecture, paintings, and sculptures. The modern art world still uses and admires the methods and ideas of the Renaissance, proving that Renaissance artist still inspire into the future. Artists were elevated during the Italian Renaissance as important figures in art and culture. Their social class gained respect. Their art was realistic and tried to represent its subject properly. The art was influenced by mathematics and the principles of three dimensions. Many famous artists were artists and scientists. For example, Leonardo Da Vinci and Piero Della Francesca brought scientific technique to artistic creation. During this time, artists perfected how to use light and shadow to give their flat work Time Traveling 6the impression of three dimensions. Making an artistic system of methodology let art scholars and historians pass on their skills to young artists. Their art and architecture drew on the earlier examples from the Roman Empire. They made buildings that were elaborate, ornate, and grand, with design elements like huge columns, arches, and domes. Artists made art for their wealthy patrons. Wealthy people commissioned art to adorn their homes and churches. Because of this, the art could be secular or religious. Christianity was important and made religion the center of most major art works, but non-religious work was possible and occurred often. During this time the city of Florence had the most money. This is part of why this city was a center of art's rebirth (Hooker, 1996). Their art included paintings, sculptures, tapestries, and hug murals, as well as architecture, literature, and music. Though some works were non-religious, they were often
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still based on Christian beliefs. Art with Biblical themes, Jesus, angels, and the Virgin Mary was more common than secular art. Artists were also intrigued with classical human anatomy. Their art was creative but realistic. They used marble, bronze and other metals, ivory, granite, oil paint, and wood. This era is considered the home of many of the world's most important artists. We still study these artists today. I chose the mural-ceiling of the Sistine Chapel because I greatly admired it while traveling through this time. Michelangelo's Creation of Adam is a single scene on a beam across the Sistine Chapel's ceiling. This ceiling has nine different Biblical scenes from Genesis, painted by Michelangelo, over the course of four years. This scene shows God giving Adam, the Bible's first man, life. These scenes are both to honor God and to show how man was created in his image. God's fingers meet Adam's fingers, and Adam's reflection is exactly like God's own image. Michelangelo, one of mankind's greatest artists, painted it in 1511, after a commission from Pope Julius II.
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