Art, Culture and Daily Life in Renaissance Italy
March 27, 2018 - June 22, 2018 Time: 9:00—17:00 (closed on Mondays) Hall A, Ground Floor, Capital Museum

SECTION II. MAN AT THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE

"I have placed you at the very center of the world, so that from that vantage point you may with greater ease glance round about you on all that the world contains. We have made you a creature neither of heaven nor of earth, neither mortal nor immortal, in order that you may, as the free and proud shaper of your own being, fashion yourself in the form you may prefer" (Oration on the Dignity of Man, 1486). 

This proclamation made by Renaissance philosopher Pico della Mirandola, is considered the"Manifesto of the Renaissance." It reflects a profound transformation in the way people thought during the 15th and 16th centuries, when greater significance was given to humankind and its activities.

Renaissance art was characterized by the increase of secular subjects. Paintings depicted contemporary events. In particular, portrait painting became a true genre because of an increase in demand. Besides court portraits of kings and lords, portraits of merchants, brides and artists emerged and expressed a strong sense of self-awareness.

Additionally, prosperous commerce provided cities with wealth, and changed consumer taste. Material life shifted from simplicity to opulence. The urban aristocracy built magnificent palaces and villas, and adorned themselves to glorify their social status.

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