When looking at art from the Italian renaissance and art from the Northern Renaissance, one can notice a startling difference in painting styles. The Italian Renaissance artist would paint idealistic portraits of people, places, and things on frescos. The modern day equivalent to this would be photographers using photoshop to touch up their photos. Then there were the Northern Renaissance artists who would paint people, places, and things for what they really are. My best guess as to a modern day equivalent would be the photos you receive on snapchat. Now, as Prof. Plesch discussed in her lecture, mimesis is the imitation of reality. Knowing this I couldn’t help but ask myself which region used mimesis the best. After some time thinking and debating, the Italian Renaissance used mimesis the best. Why? Well when the Italian artists painted they decided to use reality as the framework for their work and then fill in the rest with an idealistic perception of the world. In the end they would produce a piece of art that was so attractive that it made its viewers lustful, yet it mimicked reality enough to be believable. As a result, this deception created by the artist will cause its viewers to potentially change their view of reality to conform to the reality shown by the art. This deception is very similar to the way magazines “touch up” their models for the front cover and cause people in our society to do all they can to live up to such an impossible standard. As Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “Paintings can lie better poetry”.