The Renaissance transformation of the medieval artisan into someone closer, though not identical, to the modern conception of the artist is a swelling leitmotif in this unit. The Renaissance marks an important transition in the perception of the artist and the growing acceptance of the artist’s work as being on a par with philosophy, literature, rhetoric, and the other liberal arts. This unit explores artistic training and practices; the organization of workshops, guilds, and academies; and (most importantly) the creation of an entirely new way of looking at art and artists.
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