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Lecture 20

THAR 280 Lecture 20: italian renaissance

Theatre Arts
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THAR 280

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Italian Renaissance
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
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The Renaissance
The Renaissance
Around 1300 (had beginnings in 1200's) the Renaissance, founded primarily in Italy.
Renaissance = rebirth
There were new ideas, based on classical teachings
Began to take new approaches to the arts
Advocated for the maximum potential of human beginnings.
By the 16th century, the Renaissance had permeated most of European thought.
What made them successful, strong political system and art
The idea of humanism is here (everyone is the same "but not really")
Influences on the Renaissance
Weakening Church influence:
The Papacy moved to Avignon, France (because there was a French pope)
Constantinople (modern day Turkey) fell to the Turks.
o Scholars fled with manuscripts, including some Greek dramas.
Printing Press invented,
o the Bible and some (theatrical) manuscripts were printed.
-did more for art and theatre, than anything else
Printing press and printed manuscripts get to Italy
o classical plays become staged at Universities and Courts or Academies
o Manusripts also dealt with anient arhiteture, Aristotle’s works, Horae, et.
the nobility patronized the arts; playwrights were then often under noble patronage.
o No need for money from the state or church
The Renaissance
Writers and artists recover the culture, art, science and learning of ancient Greece and Rome
Apply ancient values and ideologies to their lives
Thinkers of the Renaissance began to generate new ideas regarding
o Politics
o Economics
o Society
Focused on people rather than gods
Conscious about being in a new era with new values
o Was a term used to characterize the attempt to revive Greek and Latin classics
o Believed to have an importance on human existence and human form
o Stressed living in the world together
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