Survey of Western Art II
September 23, 2016
Word Count: 589
The Renaissance was a time of artistic rebirth. After the Black Plague and The Hundred Years War ravaged Europe, an era of artistic and intellectual advancement was entered into. The Renaissance is regarded as the cultural bridge between the Middle Ages and modern history. Artists embraced antiquity, as well as humanism and mannerism. The Renaissance was especially relevant in Italy, in its independent city states such as Florence, Milan, Naples, and Rome. Artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian are just a few of the masters that lived during the high Renaissance in Italy in the 15th century. They are considered to be geniuses due to their contributions to the advancement of architecture, painting, and sculpture. Some great examples of their mastery are Michelangelo’s frescoes for the sistine chapel ceiling, and Titian’s oils on canvas. Specifically The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo, which is a portion of the sistine chapel ceiling, and Titian’s Madonna with members of the Pesaro Family.
Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam is a fresco painting which forms part of the sistine chapel’s ceiling. It was painted around 1508-1512 and illustrates the Biblical creation from Genesis. This particular painting differs from the typical creation scene that would have been seen before Michelangelo’s time. The depiction of God is more intimate and less gaudy. No more is the imperial images of God adorned in royal garments now he is dressed in a simple tunic. Below Adam lounges, his pose echoing the form of God’s body. Perhaps the reflection of form is a visual representation of the correspondence between Man and God in the way that man was created in the image and likeness of God himself. This painting shows some of Michelangelo’s trademarks such as the muscular and twisting bodies and figures with the likeness of sculptures. Michelangelo was...