Art, Culture and Daily Life in Renaissance Italy
March 27, 2018 - June 22, 2018 Time: 9:00—17:00 (closed on Mondays) Venue: Room A, B1

SECTION III. ART AND BELIEF

During the Renaissance, art witnessed the slow but steady growth of secularism in Italy. With the adoption of humanism and the concept of man as the center of the universe, divine figures were more humanized and a new balance was drawn between God and man. Nonetheless, religion continued to play an important role in daily urban life. Religious canvases and wood panels were not only commissioned by churches but also by wealthy bourgeoisie who acquired paintings to decorate private chapels and galleries. 

The artist introduced aspects of contemporary life into these religious paintings and humanized religious subjects. The Madonna with Child, for example, became a naturalized and real representation of maternity. Artists often used sketches directly from true life. The body of the Dead Christ looked like a real body of a young man and sometimes was painted to resemble classical statues. Numerous saints represented also have faces and attitudes of common men and women. 

In churches an altarpiece decorated every main altar, and sacred figures were painted in noble interiors or in landscapes. In addition, the housing design and interior decoration style became increasingly classical with walls adorned by paintings depicting classical myths and historical stories.

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