The History of Art And The Curious Lives of Famous Painters
Medieval Italian Artists
The medieval period is generally classified as the period of European history from the fall of Rome (6th century) to the Renaissance (15th century)
In Medieval times, people concentrated mainly on the church, God, and the eternal life. Life in Medieval Italy was primitive and far more difficult than that of Imperial Rome. Barbarians ran rough shod, frequently putting entire villages to the torch and enslaving the survivors. Christianity provided an ethical element lacking in previous cultures.
Of A Mediaeval Italian Painting
Life was brutal and grimy and this is why the average peasant was overcome with devotion and wonderment upon entering the local church and seeing a magnificent altarpiece or statue. Italian Medieval painters were not simply anonymous lowly craftsmen, but well respects professionals. They were the rock stars of their day and regularly interacted with Popes and royalty. Many lived fascinating and occasionally disreputable lives. They were the subject of gossip and innuendo. Italian paintings from the Middle Ages were darkly mystical, infused with an ethereal emotional intensity. The mysticism of the Medieval period imparts a sense of uniqueness and wonder to art. Italian Painters from this time period had a taste for the supernatural and their use of symbols are mysterious hints and glances into the shadowy religious world that lay behind the grinding reality of the times. The style is distinct and clearly different from the heavy Renaissance art produced in in later generation. Medieval painters in Italy imparted to their pictures an orderly and elegant element and a splendor of color and gilding that recall art of the Carolingian period. Paintings from this period are incredibly mystical, and completely enchanting. Artists were innovative and produced works of great beauty and wonder. As time went on the style of painting was a reflection of the transformation that was taking place in Europe, the change from the unjust feudal system to a more enlightened, just society.
Italian Medieval Painters
Of A Mediaeval Italian Painting
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