How European Rulers Used Renissance Art And Culture

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European rulers used renaissance art and culture to elaborate and celebrate their authority over their kingdoms and courts.  They incorporated these elements into public life to extend their grandeur, and gain favor from their subjects through the process of creating a unifying theme of appreciation under common bonds of reverence for things considered holy. The courts recruited artist and humanist inspired by classics of civilization to draw important members of the noble class, so, they would gain influence and donate private revenue –and when recruited—the kings used their power over them according to their own will.  In return, Kings rewarded their allies with special orders like knighthood and other titles of prestige. As a result; many people were attracted to this system and flocked to work for the courts.  Among those seeking to find place in the courts were: huntsmen, musicians, artists, cooks, and servants. This culture reflected the reputation of the ruler and became a place where widely understood sings or images were used to suit the purpose of the ruler and their political agendas—as they worked to create a unified culture and ideology, through manipulation of artistic talent and other human resources available to them. The papacy was quick to follow that trend in attempt to also gain favor with the people after it was reduced to the status of an Italian renaissance court. Following the fourteenth and fifteenth century, struggles over jurisdiction questioned their general legitimacy and undermined genuine purpose. Their authority was questioned, and they were forced to defend their primacy within the church. To gain support, Pope Nicholas V patronized the arts, established a court culture, and sponsored building projects to gain good status in the public eye. The papacy aimed to make a “transformation” of Rome to serve an ideological purpose; envisioning societies return to religious authority as obedient people willingly accepting religious sacrosanct over their spiritual lives. By reviving the style and organization of classical antiquity the church wanted to tie papal Rome to a magnificent imperial tradition dating back through centuries, which of course, could only be ruled by one authority –according to papal supporters.   

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