Art is one of history’s most significant factors, as it can change with cultural and environmental transformations. Many individuals have led the way in making these transformations, and the following influential art movements included some of the best creations throughout history.
The Renaissance Era
During the Renaissance period, artists were able to transcend artistic boundaries. This led to the development of various forms of art, such as nudity. Although nudity had been in art before, the Renaissance saw it evolve into something more realistic. This period lasted for two centuries, from around 1400 until 1600.
During this period, some of the most prominent artists were Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo. These individuals were known for their skill and were often asked to create art for the Roman Empire.
The Baroque Era
Works during this period exhibited a variety of styles and colors, and they often featured a depth of contrasts and color. This movement was influential from around 1600 until 1750. Baroque art was very dynamic and often featured highlights and shadows.
This style was commonly seen in works such as Caravaggio’s “The Conversion of Saint Paul,” Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s “The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa,” and Diego Velazquez’s “Las Meninas.” The Catholic Church also heavily influenced this movement. Many of these pieces had religious backgrounds.
The Romanticism Era
The Romantic period, which lasted from 1750 to 1850, made its mark in the art world. This movement emphasized imagination and creativity to create a mood instead of merely portraying an event or object. One of the unique aspects of this era was that many artists took part in Plein-air paintings. They were able to show their reverence for the surroundings.
The Realism Era
The introduction of modern art occurred during this period. Realism was first introduced in France in the 1840s. It was focused on capturing the everyday life of people. During the 1900s, this style started to decline, but it could still create the foundation for the subsequent movement.
The Surrealism Era
Surrealism, which started in 1916, peaked in 1950. This style sought to put paint on canvas and reject rationalism. During this period, artists such as Max Ernst and Salvador Dal took advantage of the ideas of imagination to create extreme works. Philosophers also questioned the accepted standards of the time.
About Chris Buckner
Even though he now resides in New York City, Chris Buckner is a proud son of Knoxville, Tennessee. After graduating high school, Chris attended the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Public Relations. Known colloquially as Tennessee’s university, UT started as a small college in 1794 but has since grown to become the state’s flagship university and top public research facility state-wide. In addition to its impressive curriculum, the school boasts 225 years of volunteerism, both within Tennessee and around the world. The university’s space and agricultural institutes have a long history of educating residents and visitors and making a difference in people’s lives via research and engagement projects.
After graduating from college, Chris spent a few years traveling and deciding which career path to take. Being a natural writer, Chris spent years as a columnist for Metropulse, an Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN) member. As an outspoken activist from an early age, Chris gravitated toward this medium to promote alternative journalism through advocacy and education. Publications within AAN are recognized for their regional focus on arts and culture, objectivity in news reporting, tolerance for social and individual freedoms, and eagerness to cover subjects and areas that many mainstream media outlets ignore. Chris showcased local artists in his weekly lifestyle column, where he shared museum exhibition experiences and helped promote upcoming bands.
A natural-born extrovert, Chris Buckner has always been a perfect fit for the sales industry. He has flourished in the retail sector for over two decades. Prior to moving to New York, Chris honed his customer service skills at Three Rivers Market in Knoxville, a food co-op that sustained the Knoxville region and empowered its residents.