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This edit looks at the Renaissance, an art period that changed the way we perceive art now by experimenting with a realistic 'rebirth' in subject and style.

After the Dark and Middle ages came the Renaissance, a period that saw innovation and learning in all aspects of society and a 'rebirth' in Western art. It saw its peak from 1500–1530 characterised by Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Raphael, but it varied in style depending on the region and time.

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About Renaissance

Painters began to veer away from religious themes and focused more on people and landscapes in secular topics like mythology, naturalism or portraiture. They studied linear and three dimensional perspective with a new use of light, shadows and depth as well as anatomy and the dynamic movement of the body. 

Artworks Featured: 
-The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli, 1485–1486 
-Amphitrite by Jacques Prou, 17th Century 
-Detail of Bachus and Ariadne by Titian, 1520-3 
-The Virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo da Vinci, 1485 
-Portrait of a Young Woman with a Unicorn by Raphael, 1506
-Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck, 1434

"Figures are designed and painted with plastic subtlety and confident mastery; they are incarnate with vitality, each seeming to have taken form unforced." - Ronald Lightbown in Botticelli: Life and Work

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