The Intellectual Life of the Early Renaissance Artist
The following paper examines Francis Ames-Lewis? book, “The Intellectual Life of the Early Renaissance Artist” (2000).
This paper examines how early Renaissance artists, such as Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci and Mantegna, among others, successfully gained intellectual recognition and respect, and achieved acceptance of their artistic work in the same way as other liberal arts with reference to Francis Ames-Lewis’ book, The Intellectual Life of the Early Renaissance Artist (2000).
Ames-Lewis explores the methods and attitudes that were adopted and promoted in order to further the recognition of the artist as a creative genius who possesses and develops a unique identity and individuality.In his beautifully illustrated volume, Ames-Lewis investigates the gradual increase in the status of the artist, both from the personal efforts of the individual artists, who strongly believed that they merited a status greater than that of a craftsmen, and also from the changing perception of the society in which they lived and worked. He examines the cultural ethos of the time, which placed an increasing importance and prestige on those who were perceived as being learned”, thus concentrating the artists’ desire to develop, and exhibit, their intellectual prowess, in addition to their recognized artistic talents.?