Another point for making the painting better and more realistic was that they started using better techniques in the shadowing. Shadows make the painting more alive. They also started using the concept of something called the vanishing point. Which meant the place where the lines of the perspective seem to meet. The artists also started making the walls more symmetrical. All of these things build up and make the painting more interesting.
They also discovered a new way to help them start their painting, which was to dividing half the sketch to create the horizon then the horizon was divided in half to find the vanishing point. Two further vertical lines were drawn to create a large square in the centre of the canvas, and diagonals from the centre to the corners of the square were drawn to form the lines of perspective.
The large square was then further divided into smaller squares. Colours also changed. he painters used gold as much as they could in the religious paintings. The colour valued next was blue, which was made from grinding a really expensive stone called lapis lazuli. This colour was used for the clothes of important people such as the Virgin Mary. A really important change was that they started making the subject of painting more varied rather then just painting about religious figures they also depicted by the meaning reproduced the ancient stories of roman Greek gods and heroes.
The renaissance artists adopted the attitude of the classical artists by being more interested in people and the natural world. At first they focused on how to grab peoples attention to god and religious figures but that change by grabbing their attention to the characters, objects, animals and even backgrounds so that they would make it look like real life. They also started putting more details in the muscles, stormy skies, mountains in early morning sunlight, and how trees and water moved in the wind.