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Renaissance Art
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Abstract Following the Middle Ages, Europe saw a great revival in the interest of classical learning and in the interest of ancient Greece and Rome. From this came the discovery of new technologies, new continents through exploration, and the emergence of the arts of philosophy, literature, and art. From this time came some of the most world renowned pieces of art, many of which are still on display today, with two such pieces being “The Arnolfini Portrait” by Jan Van Eyck and “Giorgione” by Giorgio da Castelfranco.

Renaissance Art From roughly 1400 to 1600 Europe experienced a rediscovery of ancient Greek and Roman culture and with this rediscovery came wealth, both in the monetary fashion and in the art sense. With increasing trade, the discovery of new continents, and new inventions such as the printing press, there was also an increase in the arts. This increase brought about some of the most well known literature, philosophy, and art that is still studied and admired today. Although there are more well known names in the field of art such as DaVinci and Michelangelo there were many more that still have their art on display today such as Jan Van Eyck and Giorgio da Castelfranco. Giorgio da Castelfranco created a painted entitled “Judith” in the year 1504 and is one of many portraits that depicts the scene of Judith of Holofernes from the Biblical legend of Judith. The tale states that the widow Judith makes herself appealing to an army general, Holofernes, and in the end beheads him with his own sword while he lies inebriated in his bed. With the death of their leader, the Assyrians are overwhelmed and split which leads many to believe that the Judith’s actions saved Israel. This piece by Castelfranco is a two dimensional, representational piece that is an oil on…...

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