Arthur Erickson, a Canadian architect and urban planner once stated, “The Renaissance is studded by the names of the artists and architects, with their creations recorded as great historical events.” The term Renaissance literally means “rebirth” in French and is the time in European history following the Middle Ages. The Middle Ages were a time of few scientific advancements, little social change, and poverty. The Renaissance, however, was a leap forward in scholasticism, re-birthing the ancient Romans and Greeks, and the rise of Humanism. One way this is proven is through Renaissance artwork.
The Middle Ages were a transition period between ancient and modern times. Following the fall of Rome, the Catholic Church, rather than the government, was the most powerful organization. Because of this, many pieces of artwork were religious based. For example, the painting Madonna and Child with Six Angels by Duccio di Buoninsegna was a christian painting. The painting shows a picture of Madonna, also known as Mary, holding her baby, Jesus Christ. In the painting, all of the angels faces are the same, there is a plain, blank background, and there are not many colors.There also isn’t any shading, making the picture look very flat. The hands and feet are larger than they are supposed to be and all of the characters are wearing modest clothing that almost covers their entire body. The paining, overall, is very inferior.
In conclusion, the Middle Ages were a time of weakness for humans with few scientific, social, and economical advances. The Renaissance, however, was a leap forward in scholasticism, re-birthing the ancient Romans and Greeks, and the rise of Humanism. One can prove this through recognizing the changes in the artwork between the two time periods. The differences in color, faces, backgrounds, and several other things made a great impact on the value of the paintings. Also, by observing how people during the Renaissance had started to become more curious and believe in themselves, one can truly understand the importance of education and how believing in oneself can lead to better things.