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Continuity and Transformation in Art History: Rome, Venice, Florence, Paris, and New York
In this paper, the artistic cities of Paris, New York, and Rome-Florence-Venice (treated as one locale) will be discussed according to their works of art, historic periods, and specific artists. All three locales will be discussed in terms of specific moments in art history. Paris is important because of the Impressionists and Post-impressionists. New York is important because of its location in regards to Abstract Expressionism. The Rome-Florence-Venice triangle is important because it is home to the Renaissance artists. In the main, then, all of these points, both geographical, historic, and artistic will be contained within the concepts of continuity and transformation as outlined by Professor Soltes.
Rome-Florence-Venice - Renaissance
The Renaissance is a special time in art history and it swept all of Europe in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth centuries. It was a time of new beginnings in art based on older traditional designs. The artists in Rome like Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini looked to Ancient Greece and Rome for inspiration so in this way they actually did transform older continuous art forms in new and radical ways
In Rome, the Renaissance was fully in view. The city is a living museum. As a site of the Renaissance, the city was mightily transformed. Bernini, as Soltes mentions, was a sculptor and architect and he revolutionized the way sculpture is a dynamic expression of movement. It is possible to say that the Renaissance was a time when movement was projected onto art....
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