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To what extent were the visual arts simply a recreation of a classical art 1400-1527? I think Classical clearly has a major influence on the visual arts, because it keeps many things though over a period time, which makes it quite classical sculptures; however over time, it has changed. It has made many new art styles or change, but there is a small sense of classic themes. I think that it has more things that are new than classical. It can be looked at as innovative but something from a classical past. "The Duomo" on the Florence Cathedral has become symbolic of the new. Inspired by the Pantheon in Rome, Brunelleschi designed and built the dome, something that hither to have been contemplated, but had been considered almost impossible to achieve. ...read more.


This one is less classical because it's becoming modern also proportional and it is very mathematical in conception. What is important here is the use of the classicised architecture. Certainly the Renaissance painters were inspired by the classical past Raphael's School of Athens uses such classical architecture, adding to the unity and harmony. Furthermore, Raphael uses characters from Classical Greece to underpin the classical theme. Nudity, of course, signalled the changed and was classically inspired. Botticelli's Birth of Venus was the first pagan nude of the Renaissance and the Primavera (Spring) gave a new secular mythological leaning and clearly there is a profound humanist influence in such works. Donatello, he created David, it was the first free standing statute since Antiquity and like the other David was a symbol of Florentine liberty. ...read more.


The religious arts were The Duomo and others, because The Duomo was inspired by the Pantheon which was the temples of all gods while the 10% of art in the Renaissance were non religious. Massacio made The Trinity (1427) in Santa Maria Novella, it was proportional, it was extremely religious and classical, and it has a high use of perspective, a patronage supported him financially to make it. The fresco had a transforming effect on generations of Florentine painters and visiting artists. The sole figure without a fully-realized three-dimensional occupation of space is the majestic God supporting the Cross, considered an immeasurable being. The classics clearly have a major influence on the visual arts, that like the Renaissance as a whole it is more complex than simply a recreation of classical theme. ...read more.

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