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Browsing through my art history book Gardner’s Art Through The Ages, I became weary and curious when flipping through the texts I have read and images that I praised by all these great artists such as Brunelleschi, Da Vinci, Titian etc. I truly wondered how learning art at that time felt even though as ridiculous as this may seem O.o, curiosity is a great feeling and it must be explored and felt in a spiritual sense. My view is that life during those past periods must have felt broader and extensive because most artist were not specifically skilled in one craft but multiple i.e. Architect, scientist etc. Most master artists became quite skilled at such an early age but also at the time, the world’s life expectancy wasn’t as high as it is now. I pondered thinking maybe that may be the reason for their skilled traits. They learn quicker simply because people adjust to society, we adapt to the time given to us. I believe time must of felt slower and longer which results in big leaps of progress in any given endeavor at such an early age (sorry if this sounds crazy). In comparison to the modern age, life just feels short and condensed. Days feel like hours, and hours feel like seconds. The amount of distractions from advancing technology and everything around us is great but it is also like poison at times. It distracts people from a goal or perhaps a fulfillment, the meaning of life preferably. Art is such a great remedy for that ailment in my opinion. Even though I have just begun exploring art, I just think it is beautiful how life (time), literature, Nature and almost just about everything is parallel with art and how we perceive of the subject now must have been completely different to past periods.
What do you guys think?
Back in the day, people learned "quicker" because they started earlier. Way earlier. Nowadays childhood is prolonged and people don't usually start seriously studying for a career until they reach college age, say seventeen or eighteen...
Back in the renaissance (and up to the eighteenth century or thereabouts,) people would go off to become apprentices as soon as possible - say as young as nine. And as apprentices, they'd learn hardcore trade skills from day one, no fluffy elementary school easy-learning activities. People now could learn just as soon if they followed the same regimen at the same age, and if you took away their TV and games and Internet...
Definitely (to Queenie's points)...but really worthy ideas to consider TNiznet. Other things to keep in mind those guys were not architects and scientists, doctors, surgeons and engineers as we know them now. They didn't have licenses, degrees and years and years of formal education. They weren't expected to know the capital of Ohio or how to change a tire.
In many ways it was a more natural approach to life...you had an interest in something, if you were lucky you were apprenticed to someone at a high level in their craft or trade, you learned and grew.
The sad thing in today's world is you're "educated" until 18...well past many people's natural interest level in something they might really enjoy as a career. They're beat down like a peg until they fit into the round hole.
Unless you're female, in which case you get married off and that's that...
Thanks for taking your time to read and comment guys!