10 ways to think like a Renaissance Master

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10  Life is to be lived and experienced

On my quest for understanding, one thing I feel deep within my soul is that the artists of that period lived life.  They experienced life abundantly and with total awareness and persistence.

 

9You have to work hard to get the color you want

Back in the day, finding, mixing and creating a paint color was a monumental task.  You did not walk into an art store and ask for the color you wanted.  What you might have done is grind your own pimento, then mix oil and egg whites and some other materials to create the paint color you wanted to put on the canvas.  Step by step, you created your art.

 

8 Your work is your Reputation

These great artists left their legacy in the work they left behind.  This was their reputation.  Perhaps this is why the Florentine craftsman has so much pride in the craftsmanship itself because whatever you handed to someone else was crafted and created by  the craftsman.

 

7 Never exclude divine Intervention

I believe faith played a major role in the life of the artist and they know sacred scripture very well.  They studied the words and created visual versions of the stories.  They retold stories through their art and counted on divine intervention in their works.

 

6 There is plenty of time

While in our modern society we often feel rushed and short of time, I believe the Florentine Artist was less distracted than we can be in our modern world.  One look at how much work an artist produced in a lifetime through their body of work and we can quickly understand that there was plenty of time to create many great works.  This gives us a brief glimpse into the thinking and the work ethic of the time.

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5 Secrets are valuable

Each artist worked out their own way of doing things and kept those things very secret.  The value of this meant that the work could still be unique and not easily copied or reproduced.  The methods they needed to employ were part science, intuition, mathematics and geometry.  Physics played a huge role as well and the way they created things was part of the secrets of their own shop.

 

4  Before the paint is dry, begin another painting

These artists worked.  Then they worked some more.  Many had several projects on at once and were never left with little or nothing to do.  They produced many works and many were produced simultaneously.  Virtually all of Brunelleschi’s buildings were constructed at the same time.

 

3  Working is learning

While an education is important I believe that the artists understood that a continuing education was even more important.  Curiosity and discovery is everything and we see this time and again as invention after invention was being churned out and thinking was growing and expanding daily, just as it is today.

 

2  Love is life’s central theme

I think the word Italy could loosely be translated to a universal form of love.  So much of life in Italy, even today, is centered around love.  Without love all seems lost, with it all seems possible.

 

1  Beauty is not only in the eye of the beholder, it’s in Mathematics

These people were smart and they were problem solvers.  They figured out mathematical ways to create beauty and they knew that proportion was at the center of everything.  Anything even moderately out of proportion was rejected as “uncomfortable” or incorrect.  Fibonacci, divine numbers, face and body proportions extend out into the city where almost everything is built on a correct human scale.  Distances are broken into numerical equivalents and circle, squares and triangles are the magic behind almost everything you experience in Firenze, even today.

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