Consider me your friendly tour guide for this wandering about in history business.
let us consider dates.
The Renaissance period lasted from the very tail end of the 15th century
(starting, really, with Gutenberg’s printing press in 1452),
and ending just before the 17th.
The Medieval period is considerably longer,
lasting from the 5th century to the 15th.
This time is also called “The Middle Ages”.
remembering dates is a pain in the ass,
so allow me to give a visual representation:
Two-Dimensional. Predominantly religious subject matter. Loose clothes.
Three-Dimensional. Secular subject. Fitted bodice.
Or look at it another way:
Is your art predominantly two-dimensional, simplistic,
and usually focused on religious subjects?
Monks doing monkish things.
You’re in the Middle Ages!
Are your clothes fairly shapeless, with perhaps an outer tunic for style?
Kinda jealous--these look waaay more comfortable than jeans.
Also Middle Ages!
Who’s ruling your country?
If the answer is, “Why, Queen Elizabeth I!”
You’re in the Renaissance!
Ah, Elizabeth I, CEO...
(she shaved her hairline to get that whole billiard-ball-forehead thing. crazy, nu?)
Are you wearing a device that pushes your boobs up around your eyeballs?
Yes. I used myself as an example. Annnnd?
(I look sad because I don't have beer. shutup.)
Perhaps it’s not *totally* accurate (historical costumers fight…GO!),
but still Renaissance!
(Very well…See below for a period sketch of a noble/upperclass woman in a
similarly boobifying contraption)
Notice the conical shape? That's pure Elizabethean, right there.
Are you a Crusader?
Is Shakespeare alive?
Are you quoting Lewis Carroll and wandering about in brass goggles?
Can’t help you there, mate.
But you look cool.
Seriously, right? The top hat kinda makes me swoon.
(ladies in “princess” hats sprouting bits of tulle? just…no.)