Arte was born into an aristocratic family in Florence during the 16th century Renaissance era. Being female, it was unheard of for one to become an artist. Driven by her love of art, Arte is willing to cast aside her aristocratic lifestyle to become an artist. (Source: Antisense Scanlations)
Arte is the wonderful story of an aspiring artist in the Renaissance era. Arte is a woman of noble descent who is disillusioned with the boring life her parents forced upon her. Get married to a wealthy man, look pretty, lounge around, and do nothing. For most people, this sounds like a nice life and they will think Arte is privileged for throwing it away for the life of a commoner. She has two choices, give up art and get married or run away from home to follow her dream of becoming an artist.
Once free of her walled manor, she enters a world unfamiliar to her. 16th century Europe does not take female artisans seriously, and so she struggled to find an apprenticeship until she met Leo. A stoic man, weathered by the hardship he went through to become an artist. Her story begins with learning how to become an artist, well aware of the climb ahead of her. From what I’ve seen, she will face prejudices in society and learn many life lessons from the working-class people of the era. Through hard work, she comes to respect the people she meets and shed her naivete built-up by years of passive opulence.
There has been some controversy over the “Historical” tag, which I couldn’t care less about. I am not a historian. I care about the content of the show, not how it is labeled by the audience. As far as I’m concerned, this is historical fiction. Renaissance-era Italy makes for a beautiful backdrop. While the art is nothing special, the setting allows the writers to explore prejudices that still exist today, albeit in a more exaggerated way due to the time period.
Arte is tackling a lot of mature themes in a realistic way that I wouldn’t expect from anime. There is a blossoming love slowly burning between Arte and Leo. Her personality has developed more believably than most I’ve seen in prior romances. Finally an anime about adults that treats the audience as intelligently as the characters. At its core, this is a simple very story, but its execution is exceptional.
I recommend you give this anime a shot. I don’t usually write preliminary reviews, but I was surprised by how low the rating was. I hope this mini-review was helpful. I will repost a revised review upon the conclusion seeing as this doesn’t get postponed by the COVID-19 state of emergency.