Lives of Women in the Renaissance The renaissance began a momentous time in the history of Western Europe. Many new forms and styles of arts, literature, and customs emerged during this period. Economic, social, and cultural changes affected the lives of everyone. Particularly the role of women in society was affected. There were four categories that women were labeled to, wives, mothers, widows and daughters. Within each of these branches, certain duties were always expected of them. Jacob Burckhardt once wrote, "to understand the higher forms of social intercourse in this period, we must keep before our minds the fact that women stood on a footing of perfect equality with men.". It is a widely known fact that this in no way was true. Inequalities between men and women have always affected society. Men were constantly gaining up on women and spoke of them with contempt. They believed that woman was more sinful than man. This belief goes back to original sin when Eve had been seduced by the devil. Eve's actions made men assume that women deserved to suffer. However, the Renaissance helped to narrow the gap between the two sexes. All women whether they are of noble blood, a shopkeeper's sister, or a farm worker's daughter, were placed on a higher pedestal then they had expected during this time. Women's positions in society had effects on the Renaissance period just as great as any mans. Noble women don't appear to have a hard life, but when you look between the lines they have it just as rough as any other women of that time. From the beginning, young women were required to learn the basic household skills that they would be expected to execute as wives and mothers. These women did perform textile work, but they did it for luxury, they did not actually need the items they would make. They would use gold thread in their tapestries instead of common cotton. Other domestic skills consisted of embroid…

From 1300 to 1600, Europe saw the Renaissance, the rebirth of art and learning.Worldliness was a key part of their artwork through the individualism shown in the portraits with earthly backgrounds and through the glorification the human body.Realism was a major part of the artwork; a lot of attention was given to detail and setting.The artists were influenced largely by humanistic ideas such as human potential and achievement.Artists portrayed many different kinds of people, from peasants to royalty.The Italians were especially effective in incorporating realism into their paintings.
Some Renaissance portraits and paintings of individual people are almost mistaken for photographs, due to their realistic atmosphere and detailing.A great example of this is Leonardo da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa that seems so real that many writers have tried to analyze and explain the reason for her inward amusement and beauty.This painting was also on an earthly background that helped to show her reality.Portraits showed every detail including scars and moles and were done on kings, as well as peasants.The portraits done on more prominent citizens revealed what was distinctive about them.Although the art was created for many different purposes, they all show the Renaissance influence of emphasis on the individual.Before the Renaissance, there were no portraits, but since a theme of the Renaissance was individualism, artists started to show that emphasis by only painting one person and focusing in on them.
Individualism was also shown in art by glorifying the human body.The paintings communicated what an ideal body looks like and what potential it has through showing both graceful movements and a sense of strength and power.Some artists started to reuse the idea of showing people in the nude, which had not been done since the classical period.The bodies seem idealized and idolized.For example, Michelangelo shows the…