Major trends from 1500-1800
The world today is a marvelous sculpture handmade by history. Particularly, the centuries from 1500-1800 have contributed much in intellectual matters and the way of life itself. Numerous trends set have been both remarkable and highly influential to the generations that followed them, and time alone, regardless of the length, have not totally erased these trends as signification of distinction and change.
A historical trend that brought major resonance to the world was the Renaissance period. The era was inclined on the revival of learning of classical sources. This period originally began in Italy in the 14th century, but it eventually spread throughout Europe in the 15th century (Cronin, 1969). The Renaissance was witness to several developments and advancements in the intellectual field such as the progress of the linear perspective in painting and the educational reforms (Cronin, 1969). The Renaissance, basically, changed the manner of thinking for the reason that the means of expression drifted away from the conventional methods of the classical period. Artists were more devoted to realistic works, the scholars departed from the scholastic method and gave a humanistic approach (Cronin, 1969). During the Renaissance, the artists were more natural in terms of color and perspective (Cronin, 1969). The scholars, on the other hand, practised the humanistic approach to learning, which were more focused on reasoning and empirical evidence rather than scholastic applications and acquisitions (Cronin, 1969). Their religious beliefs departed from the norms of spirituality and reflected on cultural aspects (Cronin, 1969).
Awareness was also a factor contributed by the Renaissance, because of the classical antiquity which was the center of interests of most scholars. In addition, the developments during the Renaissance were also fueled by the growing desire to satudy and imitate nature Vasari, 1550).
The Elizabethan era was also a notable historical trend, it was blatantly incorporated with the reign of Queen Elizabeth I from 1558-1603 (Strong, 1999). It was considered a sub-trend of the Renaissance and the golden age of English history, evidently in literature, poetry, fashion, arts, architecture, science, technology leisure and exploration (Strong, 1999). This age was thought of highly due to its distinction from the previous post trends that came after it. The Elizabethan era saw the rise of literary geniuses such as William Shakepshear who broke off from the English traditional style of play writing and theater arts (Strong, 1999).
It was a brief period of nationwide internal peace during the english Renaissance. It was in this period that the ongoing political and religious conflicts momentarily stopped(Strong, 1999). The centralised government of England during Elizabeth’s reign was credited credited to the reforms of Kings Henry VII and VIII (Strong, 1999).
The contibutions and developments during the Renaissance period have certainly brought dramatic changes to art and learning in the contemporary aspect. In a similar account, the Elizabethan era made its mark in history, not only on the political landscape but also on the field of literature, poetry and theater it self. Furthermore, the contributions of these trends are not only limited to one aspect of learning, but in several other fields as well.
Cronin, V. (1969). The Flowering of the Reanissance. New York: Collins
Strong, Roy. (1999). The Cult of Elizabeth. London: The Harvill Press,
Vasari, G. Seeley, E.L. (Ed.). (1908). Le Vite delle più eccellenti pittori, scultori, ed architettori. Italy: Torrentino