Any Italian or Northern Renaissance artwork you find compelling in your textbook Works by Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian, and Dürer are especially useful for this
Carefully inspect your chosen artwork and describe three visual features of the artwork that express or demonstrate humanism to the viewer. Humanism as the emphasis on “the power and potential of human beings for greater individual accomplishment” (Stokstad 594). It involved the close study of humans and their accomplishments (“the humanities” comes from this era), particularly intellectual
In art, humanism generally involved combining classical art and ideas with the Christian iconography and themes of the medieval era.
If you need additional “brain food,” you can view the excellent Library of Congress exhibition on the complexities of Renaissance humanism here:
To begin pre-writing, think of artistic considerations like scale, decoration, material, written
inscriptions, material, and so on. Put yourself in the shoes of the artist. Think about what
choices the artists have made and how the monument might have looked different if different
choices were made. Observe the feelings changing as you look at the piece for a long
time. What do you keep coming back to? What seems odd or strange? What makes it stand out
or blend in?
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