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List the main characteristics of Medieval Art
- 500-1300 c.e.
- most art was religious (jesus, saints, people from Bible, etc.)
- important figures were larger than others around them
- little or no sense of movement; figures were stiff
- most figures were fully dressed
- painted figures were two-dimensional or flat
- paints were brightly colored
- backgrounds were mostly one solid color, usually gold
List the main characteristics of Renaissance Art
- 1300s - early 1600s (c.e.)
- were religious and nonreligious scenes
- art showed a great interest in nature
- figures: lifelike & three-dimensional
- art reflected an increased knowledge of anatomy
- bodies were "moving" and looked active
- figures could be nude or clothed
- there were scenes of people doing everyday things
- paintings often symmetrical
- full backgrounds show perspective
Compare and Contrast the two lists
Renaissance artists were more inspired by classical art. Renaissance artists were like classical artists; they sometimes depicted nonreligious scenes. They tried to show lifelike people doing everyday things. They tried to capture images from the "real" world.
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