In the 14th Century the new class of artisans that had arisen began to be admitted into the Mystery Schools and Masonic Lodges of the time.
It was these Mystery Schools that were the holders of the secret knowledge that came out of Atlantis, through Egypt and Greece , through the Roman Empire into Europe. This knowledge was revealed to the initiate as the language of Sacred Geometry, symbol, number and colour.
As these artisans were subjected to these initiations it caused a spontaneous flowering of consciousness driven by the inflowing Divine energy of the Golden Mean, hence this time was known as the Renaissance or the Golden Age.
This is a typical example of painting at the time of the early 14th Century. Note how flat the painting is with a very limited perspective.
The 15th-century Italian artist Fra Angelico, who was also a devout Dominican monk, painted several vesions of The Annunciation. In the background, Adam and Eve are shown being driven from the Garden of Eden.
Within the space of just 50 years paintings like this were being produced all over Italy .
The use of perspective is now widely used as the artist basks in his new-found knowledge of representing Divine Form.
The School of Athens (1510-1511) is one several frescoes that Raphael painted for the Stanza della Segnatura, in the Vatican . The fresco, which depicts Plato and Aristotle (centre), as well as other ancient Greek philosophers and scholars, marks the mature style Raphael achieved during his years in Rome (1508-1520). The work is considered a masterpiece in the use of perspective and in the portrayal of the artistic ideals of the High Renaissance.
This also had a profound effect on how the human form was depicted. Up until this time all human form had again been depicted as flat and miss-proportioned.
With this new-found knowledge the human form was recognized as something of great beauty which resonates the Golden Mean proportionally.
Venus of Urbino was painted by Titian in 1538. The pose was taken from an earlier painting by Giorgione and is a recreation of the Classical Greek nude. This painting embodies the rich colour and tone for which Titian was famous; its pictorial composition is flawless.
One of the most famous examples of the depiction of the human form in perfect Golden Mean proportion is 'David' by Michelangelo.
his statue is carved in perfect Golden Mean proportions. When the conscious mind perceives something which is in these proportions it causes spontaneous feelings of joy, beauty and happiness to arise in the perceiver.