Sunday, March 29, 2015


Nicole Page-Smith, 2015

Previously, in the Renaissance, over five hundred years ago, now, the end of the world was described in paintings and bas-relief sculpture as a kind of Hell similar to the circumstance that dominated the times. Even though, the Divine treasures of the golden years of Renaissance have left behind something extraordinary, most people describe "Medieval" times as being horrific, where Renaissance thinking was that the end of the world was near. Admittedly, they were turbulent times of change that brought incredible wealth to Florence, presumably with an increase in the price of gold. Often in buoyant times of change an increase of wealth encourages too much growth expansion and most people are reticent to change. Such heights of intellectualism are fostered by wealth but not every person is taken to Heaven with fame, notoriety or support. Not every person in the height of Renaissance fervour was favourably received, some were executed and others had to move elsewhere in Italy. The extreme wealth did, however, bring a kind of liberation of technique.