My favorite Renaissance artist is Michelangelo. Throughout time there have been many people who have left their mark of greatness for the world to see today. Michelangelo is one of the best examples of such greatness. During his long life he accomplished more than most artist could in a hundred life times. He played a major role in the Renaissance and helps to make great advances through his works. He mastered many different aspects of art. The two that he was most known for was painting and sculpting. Michelangelo is really famous for his one painting in the ceiling of the Sistine chapel. I believe that Michelangelo was very religious person for him to paint nine scenes from the Old Testament, which three scenes each of god creating the world, the stories of Adam and Eve and Noah and the flood. The reason why Michelangelo was so different from the other artists is because he possessed the ability to carve or paint people in their real moods.
I know that Michelangelo true passion is sculpture but his painting of the Sistine chapel was so supreme. Michelangelo did not want to paint the Sistine Chapel but with the Pope’s pleading Michelangelo gave into him and started on the chapel in 1508. It took him 4 years and when he was done he was exhausted. Michelangelo was also a great thinker. He was able to figure out how to paint the painting by him constructing a unique scaffolding system. It held workers and materials and he would start high up the walls of the chapel in order that Mass might still be celebrated below. He often had to bend backwards and paint over his head. That position often hurt his neck and gave him back ache; his arm would burn painfully and according to him, screwed up his vision. The design was his, the sketches and cartoons for the frescoes were all of his hand, and did the vast bulk of the actual painting by himself. I would love to lie down in my bed and wake up in the morning see Jesus and his angles coming down from heaven to take us home. With Michelangelo gone now I don’t believe I would be able to get his great work of art above my bed to wake up to. I love his painting, I feel he was a genius; superhuman painter and his religious painting brings love and warmth to my heart.
One of my favorite artists that is very well known is Sandro Botticelli. There are a great many philosophers, artists, musicians, and writers. Among all of these great renaissance figures, I think Sandro Botticelli was an interesting person. He was an Italian painter in the Early Renaissance Era. His famous works include The Birth of Venus, The Adoration of the Magi and the Primavera. I am most familiar with The Birth of Venus. I have seen this art in a couple of people’s houses, buildings and many other places. His works are influenced by Lippo Lippi, an Italian painter of the Italian Quattrocento.
He had a pretty typical, laid-back life style it seems. He became an apprentice when he was fourteen under Fra Filippo Lippi, who influenced Sandro Botticelli’s paintings. A couple of years later, Sandro had his own workshop where he could freely express his artistic abilities. Later in his years, he became recognized by high officials for his astounding works of art. People like the pope called for him and hailed his talents.
I personally think The Birth of Venus is creative, though it does seem a little inappropriate. It depicts the goddess Venus being originated from the sea, floating on a shell. Sandro’s style is one of idealistic imageries. He paints inaccurately and draws pictures of physical bodies. He’s so creative, though, and that’s why I like him.
In regards to Botticelli’s later private life, he never got married. It does seem a little ironic doesn’t it? He says that marriage gives him nightmares. Funny man!
Now, Martin Luther
I had originally planned to write about my favorite artist, Leonardo, but people already have and I want to do something different. So I decided to pick my favorite thinker from the Renaissance era and that would be, Martin Luther. I feel that a lot of people may not know who this is only because when we think of Martin Luther, we think of Martin Luther King or Martin Luther King Jr. who were prominent figures during the civil rights movement. But this Martin Luther from the renaissance time was a prominent figure for religion.
Martin Luther, a preacher, teacher, theologian, and priest, was, in my opinion, one of the most exceptional people in European history. He created a great impact on the additional expansion of Christian religion and European philosophy as well. He also contributed to the critical regard at a traditional holy Catholic Church which was considered to be a dependable representative of the almighty God. Martin Luther got a doctorate and began to teach theology but he didn’t agree with the papal policy and theology. He was shocked by the corruption within the Catholic Church and criticized the efficiency of pardons particularly in his “95 Theses”. As a result he was condemned and excommunicated but still he continued to develop his theological ideas.
He didn’t support the authority of the Catholic Church and said that the only religious authority was the Bible and individual reason. His view on theology, bible and Christian religion in general was quite different from that of the Catholic Church. He found a new sense of the righteousness of God which he understood not as active righteousness, that is adjudged by God on the basis of human’s works, but as passive righteousness that is received from God who makes sinners just. In short, he believed that salvation is a gift of God`s grace, received by faith in God`s promise to forgive sins for the sake of Christ`s death.
I like martin Luther because he wasn’t afraid to stand up for what he believed and he did whatever it took to get his point across, to have people understand what he was saying. He changed Christianity for lots.
Who is your favorite artist or thinker from the Renaissance era? Explain your choice.
For me a true Renaissance person was talented in more than one field and their influence extended beyond their own time and situation. Galileo Galilei was just one of these extraordinary people. He was an astronomer, physicist, mathematician, and philosopher. His contributions played a major role in the Scientific Revolution. He has been called, “Father of modern observational astronomy,” “ Father of modern physics,” and “Father of Modern Science.”< /span>
He improved the telescope and his observations of astronomy supported Copernicanism, which brought in the revolutionary idea of heliocentrism – that our galaxy revolves around the sun and not centered on the Earth as had been previously accepted. This viewpoint led to him being tried for heresy by the Roman Inquisition in 1615. He was forced to recant his position and was placed on house arrest for the rest of his life. He discovered the four largest satellites of Jupiter, which were named in his honor.
During the time that he was under house arrest he spent his time working on one of his highly regarded works, Two New Sciences, which gave a summary of his work on kinematics and strength of materials. It was this work that earned him to be regarded as the “Father of Physics”.
“Father of Modern Science” was earned because he was one of the early pioneers of using the Scientific Method. His theory was that the laws of nature had mathematical properties that could be applied. He preferred doing his own experiments and recording his observations instead of accepting traditional explanations. Some of the conclusions that he reached were quite remarkable. Others were not successful; however, the null hypothesis is an important factor of the scientific method.
This is only a small representation of his contributions to society. Hopefully, enough to whet your appetite to discover more, which Galileo would have thoroughly approved of doing!
Who is your favorite artist or thinker from the Renaissance era? Explain your choice.
My favorite renaissance artist would have to be Raphael Sanzio. He lived a very short life only living to be 38 years old, which limited his number of paintings. He was a pupil of Leonardo da Vinnici early in his career. I can only imagine what it would have been like to lean art from such a man. He painted many portraits early in his career of the Madonna which is said to have been from Leonardo’s influence. He later did some amazing works inside the Vatican palace. He is best known for these works that decorate religious buildings in Rome. Near his death he painted some powerful religious work such as The Transfiguration. I consider Raphael my favorite artist of this time period just because of the feeling his art seems to possess. He is one of those artists that when you view his art you can actually feel it. His art has great detail and feeling and he influenced many artists to come. I have also read that like Leonardo, his art had some hidden symbols and messages, which to me just make it more interesting. There were many great artists in the renaissance era, which makes it hard to pick just one. This was an era that has defined art even to this day. Raphael is known as one of the greatest artists of all time, and his work has appealed to generations from his time to ours, I think that is what truly makes an artist great.