Eyewire Museum: Renaissance Art-curacy Happy Hour

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Renaissance Art-curacy Happy Hour: Friday, April 19 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET and 10:00 PM – midnight ET

Swag (generously sponsored by @susi): Most accurate player completing at least 20 cubes wins 1 pencil pouch full of goods! Second and third place each win sticker sheets.

The Renaissance was a period following the Middle Ages where a focus on Humanism came to the forefront. Humanist education included the study of five humanities: poetry, grammar, history, moral philosophy and rhetoric. Art during this period also flourished, and reflected the values of the time. Renaissance art often depicted human subjects, and an importance on realism can be seen in most Renaissance art.

Consider Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man (c. 1490), for example, in which the quintessential “Renaissance Man” da Vinci, mixed math, a knowledge of human anatomy, and artistic talent to create a drawing of what he considered to be a perfectly proportioned man.

The Renaissance also saw the development of techniques that added to realism in the arts. This included adding the illusion of perspective, light, and shadow to paintings and drawings. We can see these techniques applied in famous paintings of the time such as the Mona Lisa, The Birth of Venus, and The Arnolfini Portrait.

During our Accuracy Happy Hour competition you have the chance to show off your inner Renaissance human! We’re searching for accuracy in anatomical structures here so leave your inner abstract artist at home! (Or at work if you play Eyewire from home). May the most accurate and realistic players take home the Renaissance gold!

Artwork by Daniela Gamba