The female body as symbol of classical beauty & the ultimate art form
"The nakedness of woman is the work of God"
Influences of The Renaissance
The shift from the Medieval art during the Middle Ages where the Church was the main patron of art, to the Renaissance brought about much change where now wealthy patrons including noblemen, merchants and bankers began to commission works that escaped the rigidity of religious art.
As seen through the work of famous Renaissance artist’s including Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci, the beginning of ‘modern’ science arose curiosity in the human figure and the rediscovery of beauty through the form of the human body. A sense of Humanism can be felt through the revival of the Classical Greek and Roman art through the Renaissance movement, which also laid down a new foundations for modern Western values and society with new ways of thinking and learning emerging.
Renaissance artists payed great attention into creating a sense of realism in their works emphasising on linear perspectives, accurate proportions and three-dimensional modelling accomplished through their mastered techniques in painting with colour and tone in order to create form.
Artworks to discuss
Tempera on panel
203 cm × 314 cm
The Birth of Venus, 1486
Tempera on canvas
172.5 cm × 278.5 cm
Take a closer look at Botticelli’s Primavera, 1477 and The Birth of Venus, 1485 using the provided commentaries and Analytical frameworks to answering the question on the provided documents, you may wish to do some additional research to help you.