ARTE Episode One Review: The Elegance of the Italian Renaissance and a glimpse into the World of Art

Making its debut to Funimation’s Spring Anime Debut on April 4th, Arte is about a girl who lives in Florence Italy during the Renaissance, being the only daughter of the Noble Spalleti House, she was blessed with a talent and love of Painting; when her father dies she is forced to abandon her love for arts to find a nobleman and marry him to keep the House of Spalleti from being run down into Ruin. She runs into a well-known painter named Leo, and soon she becomes his apprentice, can Arte follow her passion and dreams to become an Artist? Today, I’ll be reviewing the first episode.


Based on the Manga written by Mangaka Kei Ohkubo, the team handling the animation is Seven Arcs Studio, the studio is known for their work on Sekirei, Trinity Seven, Basilisk: The Ōka Ninja Scrolls. The story involving a girl who is trying to follow her dreams and not be held down by gender stereotypes, at first I wasn’t going to watch it because, for one, this series was under the radar and wasn’t really put out there like for example, Keep your hands off Eizouken; but after watching the first episode I was impressed. The research that was done for both the Manga and Anime, Kei Ohkubo has done a great job on, during the Renaissance, women were denied of any political rights and were expected to perform only the duties of a housewife, with peasant women had to work in the fields with their husbands, if the women were married to shop owners or merchants, they were expected to help in the shop and run their husband’s business as well, you get the gist.

Artemisia Gentileschi

Born in 1593, Artemisia Gentileschi was born in the cusp of the Baroque era, Artemisia created highly dramatic and powerful paintings, some that were at times blood-ridden scenes that many believe the reason attributed it was due to the sexual assault by her teacher who was a colleague of her father’s. It is widely argued that she projected herself into her scenes of powerful women, where many of which were exacting revenge. Today, she is considered to be one of the most skilled in Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio’s followers. ~Red

I have heard that the style is similar to another anime, BONES’ Snow White with the Red Hair (in terms of the premise and the main character), but I haven’t really noticed it, overall the first episode is promising and off to a good start. If you’re a fan of Senien Stories, Anime then you’ll enjoy this series.

Final Grade:

Rating: 6 out of 10.

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