Tuesday 14 January 2014

What is Dynamic Realism?

Dynamic - Pertaining to of characterised by energy or effective action; vigoriously active or forceful; energetic; Physics: of or pertaining to force or power, of or pertaining to force related to motion.

Realism - Treatment of forms, colours, spaces etc. in such a manner as to emphasize their correspondence to actuality or to ordinary visual experience.

The History Behind Dynamic Realism
High Renaissance Master, Michelangelo - The Flood (Detail)

Realism and the significance of conveying the real became increasingly important following the middle ages, where its peak is considered to have culminated in the 'high renaissance' period with a type of realism known as 'Renaissance Classicism'. Renaissance Classicism was born from the world of the 'superstar' artist, and saw the competitive artistic rivalries of master painters such as Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael. 

The artists themselves were driven by trying to reach a level of 'perfection' in the execution of their works, they were mimicking God as the creator of the real world and they amazed their viewers with their representations of god's created world. These artists competed for the best and most influential clients who wanted to acquire artworks which to them, were expressions of divinity that bought them closer to God.

High Renaissance artists achieved the ideal of harmony and balance comparable with the works of ancient Greece or Rome. Renaissance Classicism was a form of art that removed the extraneous detail and supposedly showed the world as it was. 

These artists were seen to have achieved a level of 'divine' execution, that gave viewers access to subjects which depicted a raw beauty in the expression of the human form and its interaction with the world. Realist art of this time reconciled the world of reality as it was seen and that of religion and ideology.... 

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