Recently, I just finished studying Latin for 4 years. Not only am I fluent in the language, but I am also very interested in art from Ancient Rome and the Renaissance. One piece of art from ancient Rome which I have always admired is 'The Birth of Venus' by Sandro Botticelli. The painting depicts the birth of Venus (better known as Aphrodite the goddess of love) from sea foam. Her story is one of the more well-known stories of mythology and is very popular even today.
While Sandro Botticelli was not alive in ancient Rome, he was during the Italian Renaissance. Botticelli was an Italian painter, whose work was rediscovered in the 19th century. However, he was not the only artist during this time. Many artists like Michelangelo, Da Vinci, etc. were also leaving their mark through their art, and one of my favorite stories is that of Michelangelo.
At the time of the Italian Renaissance, a family of Italian bankers named the Medici family, became a very influential dynasty. One of the people affected by this dynasty was none other than Michelangelo himself, who is very well known because of his work on the Sistine Chapel and the Statue of David. Not only was he renowned for his ability to draw the human body so well, but he also used an Ancient Roman form of art known as Fresco. Fresco is a technique of mural painting executed upon freshly-laid or wet lime plaster, and it was a very popular form of art in Ancient Rome and the Renaissance.
The Italian Renaissance was a period of cultural, political, and artistic rebirth. It is one of the most important time periods not only because of the transition it meant from the Middle Ages but because of the modern ideas that came from it. It produced some of my favorite art/artists, and learning about this time period, and its historical connections is something that I have and will always enjoy.