There are many similarities between Classical Art and Renaissance Art. The paintings look very real and most are based around Biblical stories and events with Angels interacting with humans.
Renaissance Art originally started in Italy around the 1400’s, but can be found in all parts of Europe including Spain, the Netherlands, Germany and France. Renaissance Art focuses on ancient traditions and religious subjects. Not only is it a form of art in paintings, sculptures and sketches, but many other architectural forms are still in existence today.
Art Universities teach extensive classes on Renaissance and Classical Art because it is an art that has never died. It has been around for centuries, and is still used in many applications today. A good Renaissance painting will grab your attention, and hold it for a very long time, because of its beauty, natural colors and elements, and the story it tells.
Leonardo Di Vinci, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Donatello and Michelangelo were some of the most famous artists from this time. Several of their creations are still viewable across Europe. The Baptist and Catholic churches and Cathedrals display many startling a beautiful works like the Alter Piece of the Mystical Lamb, the ceiling painted in the Sistine Chapel and the Assumption of the Virgin. Many of the pulpits in these churches are painted or carved in the Renaissance fashion.
Leonardo Di Vinci became famous for his Renaissance pieces of the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper. Lower country artists include Jan Van Eyck, Hubert Van Eyck, Robert Campin, Hans Memling, and Hugo van der Goes. While these artists did not work toward reviving antiquity in their paintings, mainly staying with the Medieval style, they were beautiful and comparable to the famous artists as well.
If you are attending an art university, you will have a chance to learn all the history behind these works. You will also learn the techniques and methods that several of the famous artists and some of the smaller one used. Some art universities even offer trips to Europe to tour the areas where these artists lived and worked, and even view some of their creations that are still in existence.