Listen to part of a lecture in an Art History class.
As I was saying, the Renaissance period, which started in the 1400s Europe,
the Renaissance was still a pretty religious period, and that’s reflected in the artwork of that time.
But artists were starting to experiment with a more secular point of view as well, a tendency to also use the natural world as the subject matter for their art.
And there were different ways that these natural themes were explored.
For instance, many artists would paint portraits, while others, although this was more common in Northern Europe, would make landscapes the subject of their works.
But today I’d like to consider an influential Italian Renaissance artist, Leon Battista Alberti, who took a slightly different approach.
不过今天我想来讲讲一位颇具影响力的意大利文艺复兴艺术家Leon Battista Alberti，他的做法有些不同。
Leon Battista Alberti was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, poet,
Leon Battista Alberti是一位画家、雕塑家、建筑家、音乐家、诗人，
very wide-ranging interests, like Da Vinci or Michelangelo, the sort of guy for whom the term “Renaissance Man” was in fact created.