Bernard Berenson, an American art historian, turned his gaze to the drawings, paintings, and sculptures of the 14th through the 17th centuries. What his keen, academically gifted eyes beheld were remarkable works of Art worthy of the great tradition of Western Art. Berenson followed his instincts and, by doing so, paved the way for other academics to study the creative work of this epoch moment of time. By doing so, Berenson was at the forefront of establishing a new academic field of study which we call today the Renaissance. Berenson gave intellectual gravitas to the body of work of artists of the highest curiosity and youth.
In Berenson’s definitive publication, The Venetian Painters (1894), the author lays the foundation for this new realm of study with the following passage: “The Renaissance…stands for youth, and youth alone—for intellectual curiosity and energy grasping at the whole of life as material which it hopes to mould to any shape.”
What are your thoughts and expectations as we venture forth together by stepping back in time to the early 15th century and examining the epoch power of intellectual curiosity and the vibrancy/energy of youth? Is this era of time still resonating with us?