Should art be treated as a succession of stylistic trends or as a branch of social history? Should art be treated as a succession of stylistic trends or as a branch of social history? If Florentin...e Renaissance art is taken as illustration, the production of art was intricately linked to social and commercial relationships. But attempts to explain major stylistic changes in socio-economic terms have failed because historians ere not agreed about social and economic changes in the period. Knowledge of these conditions and changes can enrich our understanding of art but cannot yield an explanation of style. Art is a response to certain conditions, but a creative response.
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