What evidence of Gothic and Classical influences are found in Renaissance artworks?

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Renaissance artwork was diametrically departed from Gothic artwork in that Gothics strove to portray religious ideologies without concern for human likeness. Indeed, since the notion of producing human likenesses at all was greatly controversial due to Christianities reliance on the Ten Commandments, the second of which disallows making "any graven image," Gothic artworks were very unlike human forms and human expressiveness. On the other hand, Renaissance artworks sought to reproduce reality in the human forms and emotions and in the backgrounds portrayed, insisting on fidelity to nature. During the Renaissance, classic Roman architecture was reintroduced with emphasis on arches, columns as well as other design elements.

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