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The Byzantine Influence On The Introduction Of The Third Dimension And The Formation Of Renaissance Art

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In order to understand the relationship between the Renaissance, the Middle Ages, and Antiquity, it is necessary to investigate the artistic elements that survived the middle Ages. This chapter examines the work of an artist whose pioneering work had a significant impact on the history of western art. It is commonly accepted that it was Giotto di Bondone who led the way to the Renaissance by introducing the illusion of depth into the two-dimensional art of painting. In order to understand Giotto's contribution to art, it is necessary to examine some of the basic principles that shaped both Byzantine and medieval western art, paying especially close attention to their differences. The idea that Byzantine style contributed to the formation of Renaissance art may sound provocative, because Byzantine forms are mostly abstract and plain: only the most essential ingredients of the represented subject usually appear in a composition.

Keywords: Byzantine style; medieval western art; middle ages; Renaissance Art; two-dimensional art

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