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:
Or look at it another way:
Is your art predominantly two-dimensional, simplistic,
and usually focused on religious subjects?
Are your clothes fairly shapeless, with perhaps an outer tunic for style?
Who’s ruling your country?
If the answer is, “Why, Queen Elizabeth I!”
You’re in the Renaissance!
(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?
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)
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.
(ladies in “princess” hats sprouting bits of tulle? just…no.)