Tuscany Culture Essay

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The culture of Tuscany during the renaissance was distinguished by its fine arts caused by the Roman Empire taking over of Constantinople, which brought Greek knowledge of math, science, architecture, and the arts to the Tuscan region. In this particular time period, (1429-1519) if it were not for the introduction of new understandings in math and science, the Tuscans would not have had the advancements in art and architecture we use to this day. To further expand on this topic, we must look into additional aspects of Tuscany's culture including geography, work, folkways, and religion.
Tuscany is a fairly large region, compared to others in the middle left of Italy. It is surrounded by the ...view middle of the document...

They used these for their art, like stone frescos and Michelangelo’s (Michelangelo was arguably the most famous Renaissance artist/ sculptor, trained in the Medici’s school of art.) marble “David.” They also used these materials to create jobs as builders, creating houses, school, buildings, etc. Some other jobs were general town jobs like a sailor, farmer, blacksmith, painter etc.
The language of The Roman empire was Italian, but as Italy has today, so it did back then have dialects. The Tuscans spoke, and still speak Italian with a Tuscan dialect, which does not make many changes to the language except they pronounce the hard “c” as an “h,” (cane would sound like hane) along with a few nearly unnoticeable differences. The Tuscans had a lot of customs and traditions, including the start of the throwing of rice tradition at weddings. Artists also decided to focus on art and Science, not one or the other. Another custom was the passing on of government leadership in Florence, which started with Cosimo the Elder, and ending with the overthrowing of the government, was always within the Medici family. The Tuscans were and still are known for their fine cuisine. They lived in a very fertile area, which had one of the only places in Italy where beef was produced, (Florence Area) and made oils from olives, and wine from grapes along with great breads. But on top of that, they had “soups and broths, but these soups were spiced with exotic spices and often sweetened with sugar. (Some of which was portrayed in their art.) The Tuscans believed in strong values within their art and architecture, after the “rebirth” of their knowledge gained from the Greeks in the Renaissance. All of this ties together with their everyday life: Kids had a hard life, and did not play any big role until they came of age, when they could get jobs to support the family. Women stayed at home, or worked depending on if they were married. Men worked all day, in a variety of jobs such as a butcher, builder, architect, goldsmith, etc. Most of Tuscany is and was very hilly, great vineyards to be grown. Although most of the cities, like Assisi or Siena were made on hills, Florence was not as much. This may have, in the long run, disturbed many of the buildings such as Brunelleschi Duomo.
The Tuscans, mainly in the more “urban” areas, if you will. (Such as Assisi, Florence.) The main religion of this time period, and throughout the whole extent of the reign of the Roman empire was Catholic. People had a strong prayer life, and went to mass on Saturday evening. God drove their vision to his calling, and a lot of the art portrays their religion. It showed a lot of Bible stories like Michelangelo's Sistine chapel frescos, and Leonardo De Vinci's Last Supper painting. Religious art was commonly portrayed in most frescos/paintings and sculptures of the more famous artists of the high Renaissance period. Even in their environment, they showed their religion, by portraying the...

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