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The Renaissance was an era of beautiful artwork and structures that flourished all

over Western Europe. The artists began to be more expressive and creative in their

designs. Art evolved by way of subject matter, technique, influences, and of course the

artists. Some of the most noted artists, architects, and sculptors of the High Renaissance

include Giotto, Donato Bramante, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael. It was

one of the high points of humanism and the expression of creativity and beauty of life.

During the period between 1350 to 1550, art changed and evolved through its subject

matter. The subject matter of painting before the Renaissance was primarily religious; it

was concerned not with the naturalistic portrayal of human life, but with the purpose of

provoking a religious reaction of the viewer. Painters were not interested in making a

picture looks realistic. During the Renaissance, all that changed. Suddenly artwork began

to put emphasis on human beings and the environment.

Renaissance is a "rebirth", a

French word, that first occurred in the Italian city of Florence. It came from those who

thought of the Middle Ages as a dark time from which the human spirit had to be

awakened. (Sporre, 2004)

Three artists during this time had profound effects upon the world of art as we

know it today. Michelangelo, Parmigianino, and Tiziana Vecelli had a unique style all

their own and were classic for displaying High Renaissance styles. All three signify High

Renaissance painting that was achieved through impressive themes and styles. These

three carefully observed how the ancients borrowed motifs from nature, and then set out

to develop a system of beauty derived from a harmony of parts. (Sporre, 2004) Tiziana

Unit 5 Part II 3

Vecelli was responsible for making one of the most profound discoveries...