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Painting and Experience in 15th-century Italy by Michael Baxandall (Oxford, 1972)

Society in Europe during the 15th century - an overview

The 15th and 16th centuries saw a revolution in European history

Worldly Goods: A New History of the Renaissance  by Lisa Jardine (London, 1996)
(Note: the term "Renaissance", used to describe the upsurge of Italian art and culture, during the period 1400-1530, was first coined by the 19th century French historian 1798-1874.)

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Start of The Renaissance in Italy During the 15th Century The word Renaissance means rebirth
In his fresco, painted around 1428 in the church of Santa Maria Novella, Florence, Masaccio implemented some of Brunelleschi's ideas about , and created a convincing illusion of a chapel - the first major example of linear perspective of the Renaissance.

 

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Just like Mantegna, Brunelleschi and Leonardo before him, Dürer was a worldly and inquisitive artist, who was intimately connected to the latest developments in trade, politics and science - and this is exactly what gives Renaissance art its vivid originality and technical brilliance. What we're left with is a vision of the Renaissance as a much dirtier, more worldly place than Michelet and Burckhardt believed, but this only adds to its singular importance in the history of western cultural life.


But as the 15th century drew to a close, the political and commercial map of Europe was changing. In 1453 Constantinople, the great seat of the Christian Byzantine Empire, fell to the Islamic Ottoman Empire of Mehmed the Conqueror. In the wake of this conquest, Mehmed was soon to repopulate the city with Jewish, Arabic, Persian and African artists, writers and scientists, as well as Christian and European scholars, in an attempt to rival the cultural and artistic pre-eminence of Rome, Florence and Venice.


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The greatest sculptor of the period was Donatello (1386-1466), who along with the architect Filippo Brunelleschi and the painter Tommaso Masaccio made up the three dominant figures of the Florentine Renaissance.

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Much of the impetus for this lavish display of art came from the growth in international trade, but it was also the product of growing religious and political tensions of the time. Even in the 15th century, the Roman Catholic Church was in disarray, recovering from bitter in-fighting and factional schisms. Rome's classical architecture lay in ruins, and the builders and architects of the time looked towards the powerful eastern Christian Church based in Byzantium for their model of architectural grandeur and artistic brilliance.

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It is noteworthy that whereas during earlier Medieval times, everything about and mythology was perceived as being pagan or associated with paganism, in the Renaissance it was identified with enlightenment.

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Although significant advances were made in these areas during the early and mid-15th century, it wasn't until the end of the century that light and shade () was fully mastered by such great as Leonardo Da Vinci.