Humanism During the Renaissance.

During the Renaissance period, common beliefs and ideas were greatly changing. It was becoming a time of thinking as well as art. Great inventors and artist were considered to be of the highest regard and were treated like such. These thinkers would stand alongside some of the greatest rulers and other political figures and greatly helped shape some of the political ideologies and techniques that we still use today. Some of the greatest works of that era were sculptures and paintings that depicted the human form.

This first piece is a canvas oil painting done by Hans Holbein in Germany. It depicts a merchant by the name of Georg Gisze. Like many other painters during this period, hans used a real person for his model and embellishes their key features which helps exemplify the human form.
This next piece is another oil painting and was painted by Lucas Cranach in the UK. Apollo and Diana is Cranach's representation of the sun god Apollo and his sister Diana. Apollo and Diana were both greatly known for their beauty. This is also a great depiction of Life and death with Apollo's bow drawn and Diana resting on a Stag.
This next piece is another painting by Cranach. The Crucifixion is one of Cranach's earliest known works and shows how gruesome the crucifixion process was by showing two larger men surrounding the withering body christ. Cranach inherited this style from a few Humanists scholars at the University in Vienna.
This next piece is one of the great Titian's later pieces and depicts the goddess Venus admiring her own beauty in a mirror that is being held up by a trying cupid. As with many other paintings of the time, Titian paid extreme attention to certain details in the jewels and textured blanket as well as the crown in the background.
This next piece is an oil painting by Andrea Mantegna. It represents the tory of St. Sebastian who continued to fight for his faith even during his duties as an imperial bodyguard. The way the background seems to warp brings your attention to Sebastian and his wounds which were never depicted in such a gruesome manner before.
This next piece is a sculpture done by none other than the great Michelangelo. It was created as a funeral monument for the recently deceased pope. It was Michelangelo's representation of their recent victory of the recent conquest by Florence, and shows a young fit man kneeling on an older man. Like many of Michelangelo's other works it was created using a live model.
This next piece is an oil painting by Bartolomé Murillo and was created near the end of the renaissance period. Murillo was very talented at filling his pieces with emotion. In this piece, he depicts christ happily handing out bread to the new coming pilgrims, while an angel stands by him and the baby angels are coming from all around him.
This next piece is another painting by Andrea Mantega. This piece is a great example of how Renaissance artists used space. The characters in the background seem to be pushing forward around Madonna. Mantegna frequently used thin canvases to give all of his paintings that extremely smooth textured finish and is widely known for this.
This is another painting by Lucas Cranach the Elder entitled Cupid complaining to Venus and depicts Cupid being harassed by several bee's while holding onto what appears to be a beehive, while Venus is standing under the fruit while not being stung. This is a great example of having consequences for sinning.
This last piece is another oil painting by Titian, and depicts Bacchus, the God of wine leaping from his cheetah drawn chariot and rushing towards his love Ariadne with a group of followers behind him. In the background Titian put the Theseus ships that abandoned Ariadne. He also represented Ariadne's constellation by putting a circle of stars above her alone.
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