Art Appreciation: Renaissance:
Art Appreciation: Renaissance
Put yourself in the position of an up-and-coming artist living in early-sixteenth-century Italy. Now imagine trying to distinguish yourself from the other artists living in your town: Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, or Titian. Is it any wonder that the Italian High Renaissance lasted only 30 years?
— Jerry Saltz
New needs need new techniques. And the modern artists have found new ways and new means of making their statements … the modern painter cannot express this age, the airplane, the atom bomb, the radio, in the old forms of the Renaissance or of any other past culture.
— Jackson Pollock (American abstract-expressionist painter, 1912–1956)
A renaissance in a culture can be described as a “rebirth” a “new beginning,” or “resurgence.” In art, some of the periods of art are considered a “renaissance” of new stylistic choices that inspired artists. However, the culture at large can also be affected by a renaissance as architects, writers, musicians and other creative professionals embrace change. After reflecting on the quotes above, discus the following:
• What are your impressions of a “renaissance” or a “new birth” occurring in a culture?
• Can you think of a renaissance that has happened in the last 20 years in art, music, technology, or education?
• What are your opinions of what can cause a renaissance?
• Is it always a good thing for a culture? Why or Why not?
• Is American society in a renaissance now?
Polluck, J. (n.d.). Retrieved from the Brainy Quote Web site: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/jacksonpol332830.html
Saltz, J. (n.d.). Jerry Saltz quotes. Retrieved from the Brain Quote Web site: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/j/jerry_saltz.html
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