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 Visual Arts


 Sites Of Interest

The Chateau De Versailles

Medieval Manuscripts

Art Resources on the Web

Sistine Chapel Ceiling



Paintings are the artist's view of life and nature. They paint to discover truth and to create order. They put into their work, our hopes, ideals, passions and show us their meaning and value. They provides us with order which allows us to see and understand life with a greater depth. The painter makes the world come alive, makes it rich, beautiful and exciting for us.

We have seen the paintings of ancient Egypt in their tombs and temples. They still "live" today. During the 15th century, a new movement called the Renaissance sprang up. It was a period of exploration, invention and discovery. Explorers sailed to find new lands. Scientists studied the world and the heavens. It was one of the most exciting periods in the history of man and art. This was the era of Raphael, Da Vinci and Michelangelo.

Sculpture, like the other arts, is a record of human experience. Each period in art is a link to the past and man's creative achievements. We can still see the sculptures of ancient Egypt, as far back as 5,000 years ago. It was associated entirely with the needs of religion and the gods or earthly rulers who they regarded as representatives of their gods. The Sphinx and the statues of Rameses II are wonderful examples.

During the Renaissance era in Italy, there came a extraordinary sculptor, named Michelangelo, whose 'Moses' is regarded as the supreme example of skill and characterization. We see in Moses face, the look of sorrow, sternness and amazement. Michelangelo's works as a painter in the Sistine Chapel and as an architect for St. Peter's Church, gave him worldwide fame. However, he preferred to sign himself, "Michelangelo, Sculptor." He dominated the golden age of Italian Renaissance.