We should not abandon the classics
Detail "Reconstruction of High Renaissance" after Leonardos' Mona Lisa
We should not abandon the classics:
How we approach art today will have an enormous impact in the future civilizations and upcoming generations in all aspects of life.
Artists should be highly skilled in an objective sense, first of all, no matter how abstract or unrepresentative of anything plainly visible their art might be. To be truly attuned to the nature of the spirit of art, it behooves the dedicated artist, at least the artist who would strike out on her own, not to be too hasty to be unique, but rather to do her best to recapitulate the history of art from time to time, absorbing the essential elements of the most remarkable styles and approaches of the great masters.
The context of the Renaissance has had a profound effect on my way of thinking. The Renaissance, the rebirth of the spirit of art, is the most important period in the history of art since ancient times. It is with an understanding of the nature of the Renaissance that the spirit of art may arise once again from a dark age. If students of art wish to be masters of art, they need to study the elements of the great art of the Renaissance.