Renaissance Revival : Beauty from Ashes


As you may know, The Renaissance was a impassioned period of European culture, artistic, political and economic “rebirth” following the Middle Ages generally described as taking place from the 14th century to the 17th century. The Renaissance promoted the rediscovery of classical philosophy, literature and Art. Some of the greatest thinkers, authors, leaders, scientists and artists in human history thrived during this Beauty from Ashes era. 

Right now, we should be expecting greatness to emerge. 

As you may know, the time prior to this gloriously creative era was considered the “Dark Ages” which is often referred to as a time as war, ignorance, famine and pandemics. 

Sound a little familiar? There’s no doubt 2020 has been relentless in tragedy. But just like the poppies that grew in Flanders Field, beauty can come from ashes. Amongst the rubble, we have witnessed some goodness. For some, there has been some awakening of humanism and a clarity of what or whom is really important, as well as what may be frivolous or even meaningless. Can you feel it? We are primed for a revival.

During this highly creative time of the Renaissance - Art, Architecture and Science were closely linked. In fact, it was a unique time when these fields of study fused together seamlessly. For instant, artists like da Vinci incorporated scientific principles such as anatomy to their work so they could re-create the human body with extraordinary accuracy.  Some of the most iconic artistic works were produced during the Renaissance. The Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, Virtruvian Man (da Vinci), The Creation of Adam and the Statue of David (Michelangelo) and the Birth of Venus (Bocelli) to name drop just a few. 

Anticipate remarkable art to materialize. 

Vitruvius Man (da Vinci) proportions of the human body.

Architects such as Filippo Brunelleschi utilized mathematics to accurately engineer and design immense buildings with expansive domes. Scientific discoveries lead to major shifts of thinking. Galileo and Descartes presented a new view of astrology and mathematics, while Copernicus proposed that the sun, not the earth was the center of the solar system. 

Expect revolutionary thought that leads to invention.

Brunelleschi’s Dome.
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence, Italy
Photo Credit: Britannica Karel

During this time there emerged a unifying musical language, in particular the polyphonic style. The development of printing made the distribution of music possible on a wide scale. Demand for music as entertainment and it’s an activity for educated amateurs increased within the emergence of the bourgeois (middle class). Dissemination of chansons, motets and masses throughout Europe coincided with the unification of the polyphonic practice into a fluid style that cumulated in the second half of the 16th century with the works of great composers such as Palestrina, Lassus, Victoria and William Byrd. 

Music is the universal language of mankind. As Plato so brilliantly stated, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything” It’s commonplace for great music to surface from immense struggle. Listen for it.

Additionally, during this time of rebirth famous journeys were taken by Ferdinand Magellan, Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, Marco Polo, Ponce de Leon, Vasco Nunez de Balboa, Hernando De Soto and other explorers.  

It’s been said Space is once again is the new frontier. The space race is reigniting and although that’s exciting, discovery is just outside your front door, in your own country and in around the globe. Let’s be adventurers.

The renaissance had a profound effect on contemporary theology, particularly in the way perceive the relationship between man and God. Many of the period’s foremost theologians were followers of the humanist method, including Erasmus, Thomas More, Martin Luther and John Calvin. 

In this hurried world, be still and ponder your thoughts, establish your beliefs and seek wisdom. Often used as an image to represent philosophy, the thinker (Le Penseur) is a bronze sculpture by Auguste Rodin. The work shows a nude male figure of heroic size sitting on a rock resting with his chin in his hand in deep thought. Allow yourself to be still and know. 

Rodin’s Le Penseur (The Thinker)

What’s your role in all this? There’s a popular gospel song of unknown origin that is sung all over the world entitled “This little light of mine”  The world needs you to let it SHINE.  Don’t dismiss the significance of your little light. Yes, you have one. It’s time to discover it, share it and expected greatness not just from others but from ourselves. “Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine”

“Give light, and darkness will disappear of itself” Erasmus


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