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During the Middle Ages (a period of European history which began in the fifth century), art and learning was centered on theology. But at the start of the fourteenth century, thinkers and artists turned their eye toward humanity. The Renaissance had begun.
Investigating the Renaissance
From the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, Investigating the Renaissance “demonstrates the ways in which computer technology can be harnessed to add to our knowledge about Renaissance paintings and how they were made. Computer-assisted imaging can reveal aspects of the process of making art not visible to the unaided eye. It also reveals the alterations of intervening centuries, alterations that were intended to repair the ravages of time and use, and to adjust images to reflect changing aesthetic preferences.”
A Journey through the Renaissance
The saga begins in Constantinople, with the attack of the Ottomans in 1453. After the fall of this great Byzantine city, many scholars fled to Italy, thus contributing to the academic atmosphere that spawned the birth of the Renaissance. Created for the ThinkQuest 2000 Internet Challenge by a team of three high school students, this site has made it into the semi-finals. The material can be accessed either as an animated Flash slide show, or in a static version titled Marketplace. The visual and multimedia effects are fabulous, but the narrative could use another round of editing to tighten it up.
Renaissance: What inspired this age of balance and order?
“Renaissance, French for â€˜rebirth,’ perfectly describes the intellectual and economic changes that occurred in Europe from the fourteenth through the sixteenth centuries. During the era known by this name, Europe emerged from the economic stagnation of the Middle Ages and experienced a time of financial growth. Also, and perhaps most importantly, the Renaissance was an age in which artistic, social, scientific, and political thought turned in new directions.” This one is my pick of the day. In addition to well-written articles, annotated Web links, and a soothing design, it includes some interactive activities.
Web Museum: La Renaissance
The Web Museum first opened its virtual doors in 1994, and has since displayed millions of gigabytes of art to the Internet public. La Renaissance tackles the era and its artists country-by-country: Italy, The Netherlands, Germany and France. Each country and artist is briefly annotated by volunteer contributors, but the primary reason to visit is to view the artwork. Click on any of the thumbnails for a larger view.
Virtual Renaissance: A Journey Through Time
“Take a look around our fair land. You have traveled back through time and space to a period completely different from your own. You will meet many interesting characters who will be most happy to speak with you about their lives and times. Learn about the different people from this time period; what they did and who they were. See how the technology and medicine differs from today, and experience the dramatic change in life conditions.” Our last site of the day is another ThinkQuest entry, but this one is from the very first competition in 1996.