I was confused by a question my life drawing teacher asked the class on the first day. "Who was the best artist in the Renaissance?"
Now me being a big fan of Michelangelo i raised my hand and voiced my opinion. But of course I was wrong, apparently it's well understood that Raphael is the most masterful master.
I accepted that answer because how could someone that teaches this stuff be wrong? Thinking about it know however...is this question even possible to answer?
Well i raise the question on to you fine people from ConceptArt.org, who is the best artist from the Renaissance period? Is this question rational even possible to answer? Is there a way to gauge art based on the technical skill of the artist?
Personally, for me, I'll pick Caravaggio even though Michaelangelo and Raphael were awesome in their abilities. But to narrow it down to one sublime, absolute artist as the pinnacle of the Renaissance is all opinion, I think. They all worked as a whole and contributed ideas across the board.
I don't think there can be a definite answer in this case. And it sounds like your own teacher's bias coming through. Perhaps he loves Raphael's work but unless he can point out why he believes he's the best artist from the Renaissance period, it's all through his rose-colored glasses.
Should have questioned him. I find if you challenge someone that makes a blanket statement like that has a limited reason for it other than what they like.
Even a teacher. You ask why, how, point it out to me, then you bring your own examples and ask what makes this better than this, using an artist from the same period in comparison. If he stops after awhile, it was his own bias as was stated. ( I question the hell out of authority!)
As a teacher, he shouldn't say definitives, and work from the whole of the Renaissance as a contributing factor of great art. Not narrowing it down to one. One is too subjective to the person making that statement.
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He's nice enough, but a little silly.
I was being semi sarcastic when i said i accepted it.Should have questioned him. I find if you challenge someone that makes a blanket statement like that has a limited reason for it other than what they like.
I agree that it's a little stupid to say one artist is the best or most important during any time period.
Well, you can argue that certain artists may have been the most important to a specific period or art development, but the Renaissance? A period when the art world was exploding (in a good way) in all directions while reclaiming what was lost and developing the new.
When it comes down to it, he may have been the most technically proficient of the Renaissance painters, but that alone wouldn't stake your teacher's claim considering the competition.
That aside, Raphael was the best Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.
However, historically, Raphael was considered to be the most acclaimed artist at the time and was considered the ideal for several hundreds years after his death. It should also be noted that when he died so did the Renaissance. Mannerism took its place at the time of his death.
If it was the Renaissance, I'd pick Da Vinci. Not so much for the paintings (I don't find the Mona Lisa all that awesome, really) but his drawings were fantastic and his ideas were awesome.
Myself, though, I prefer stuff with a bit more dynamic, like some of the Baroque stuff or especially the Impressionists and later. Light and color! It's awesome stuff. I'm a big fan of a bit of the surreal stuff, too... Magritte rocks my socks.
I view Caravaggio as a little pre-Baroque, but that's just me..
Maybe your teacher was just trying to see how much you all knew about Renaissance artists? Or maybe he/she really is just bad. It's definitely an opinion question, so why can't your teacher just teach you guys about all the Renaissance artists?
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