Renaissance

The Renaissance was a time period of cultural rebirth that occurred in Europe after the decline of feudalism. The awakening was characterized by a shift in traditional thinking from a spiritual mindset to humanism. Humanism is expression and glory of the individual in unison with the divine. In the following works, you should detect a mingling of humanity and religion as well as Greek idealistic influences. 

Hans Holbein the Younger was exceptionally famous for their portraits of people. He was employed by European monarchs to create their portraits.
Renaissance artists were intrigued by the human form. They wanted to draw humans doing various tasks while still appearing in proportion and in proper perspective
Raphael is most famous for his paintings of a series of "Madonna's." Madonna is the latin reference to the biblical Mary, mother of Jesus.
Another "Madonna" by Raphael. What does this painting have in common with the previous "Maddona"?
Michaelangelo was another Renaissance artist. He was fascinated by the human form. He would often ask friends to sit for portraits or draw what he saw in busy marketplaces.
Another Michelangelo - "An old man wearing a hat." This sketch demonstrates his interest in everyday human activity.
Michelangelo's most famous work - the statue "David" shows his attention to detail with the human form
Leonardo da Vinci would often perform autopsies or dissect human cadavers to understand how human skeletons and muscle structure influenced our appearance. His notebook was full of sketches like these
One of Davinci's most well known works is the Last Supper which depicts the final meal of Jesus prior to his crucifixion.
Some believe that this self portrait of Davinci may actual be the underlayment of the Mona Lisa. It is believed in some circles that Davinci drew the Mona Lisa to look like himself as a female.
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