Renaissance Style Interior:
Tapestries & Architecture

Classical Style Decoration

Beginning of the Renaissance Tapestry & Architecture

Early 14th Century

Renaissance Style started in 14th Century Europe with the revival and popularization of ancient Greek and Roman styles. Popularized by Italian artist Filippo Brunelleschi, the Renaissance Style quickly spread to other Italian cities and was soon adopted by other parts of Europe.

The Renaissance Style Architecture utilizes symmetry, proportion, and geometry resembling ancient Roman Architecture

The Interior was commonly decorated with Frescos, painted murals on plaster walls. However more luxury palaces and chateaus were decorated with Hand Woven Tapestries.

Church of San Lorenzo

Main Principle

Theory of proportionality

Italian artists Leon Battista Alberti, and Filippo Brunelleschi formulated the idea of using principles of mathematics in art as a link between perceived reality and the ideal

They invented the theory of proportionality between art, architectural and human form,  believing that the ancients discovered the laws by which Nature produced her works so as to transfer them to the works of architecture.

Key Architectural Features

Adopted from Greek & Roman Architecture

Renaissance Style Architecture distinguishes it self with these characteristics

  • Modular Plan that are square and symmetrical 
  • Façade symmetrical around the vertical axis

  • Structural and Decorative Pillars set against a wall in the form of a pilaster
  •  Semi-Circular Arches supported by Columns with Capitals
  • Frequent usage of Domes after the success of Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore designed by Filippo Brunelleschi in 1506.
  • Courses, mouldings and all decorative details are carved with great precision. Studying and mastering the details of the ancient Romans was one of the important aspects of Renaissance theory. 
Triumph of Apollo

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Tapestry Characteristics

Theory of proportionality

The Renaissance Tapestries used in the interior were similar in style to the paintings in the era. These Tapestries features strong correlation between Classical and Realistic techniques that simulate perceived phenomena. Thematically they often borrow from  Classical Myth as models and inspiration to demonstrate the artistic idealization of human beauty

  • Artists used a combination of accurate and believable proportions and spaces to create a very realistic, three-dimenstional representation of the world. 
  • Renaissance artists reinvented the way images were constructed by using techniques such as linear perspective, which gave a sense of depth. 
  • The subject matter is mostly religious. If it’s not biblical stories, then it’s hagiographies, or mythological
  • People with symbolic hand gestures, dressed in flowing, swirling robes, all in bright colors, and unprecedented level of detail
  • The illustration of multiple events at different moments from the same story within a single frame gives a continuous narrative

Other Popular Themes

Decorative Renaissance Tapestry

Animal Theme

Set of Four Scenry Panels

Tapestry Panels
Story Telling Renaissance Tapestry

Daily Life Theme

Grand Scenry Theme

Large Landscape Renaissance Tapestry

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