The Renaissance (French for "rebirth"; Italian: Rinascimento, from re- "again" and nascere "be born") was a cultural movement that spanned roughly the 14th to the 17th century, beginning in Florence in the Late Middle Ages and later spreading to the rest of Europe. The term is also used more loosely to refer to the historic era, but since the changes of the Renaissance were not uniform across Europe, this is a general use of the term. As a cultural movement, it encompassed a resurgence of learning based on classical sources, the development of linear perspective in painting, and gradual but widespread educational reform. Traditionally, this intellectual transformation has resulted in the Renaissance being viewed as a bridge between the Middle Ages and the Modern era. Although the Renaissance saw revolutions in many intellectual pursuits, as well as social and political upheaval, it is perhaps best known for its artistic developments and the contributions of such polymaths as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, who inspired the term "Renaissance man".

There is a general, but not unchallenged, consensus that the Renaissance began in Florence, Tuscany in the 14th century. Various theories have been proposed to account for its origins and characteristics, focusing on a variety of factors including the social and civic peculiarities of Florence at the time; its political structure; the patronage of its dominant family, the Medici; and the migration of Greek scholars and texts to Italy following the Fall of Constantinople at the hands of the Ottoman Turks.

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A Princess Of Saxony 1517 - Lucas The Elder Cranach - www.renaissance-in-art.org
A Princess Of Saxony 1517
Lucas The Elder Cranach
The Siege of Troy II- The Wooden Horse, c.1490-95 - Biagio D'Antonio - www.renaissance-in-art.org
The Siege of Troy II- The Wooden Horse, c.1490-95
Biagio D'Antonio
Amminadab (detail-2) 1511-12 - Michelangelo Buonarroti	 - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Amminadab (detail-2) 1511-12
Michelangelo Buonarroti
Young Woman Holding a Mirror (Giovane alla Specchio) - Giovanni Bellini - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Young Woman Holding a Mirror (Giovane alla Specchio)
Giovanni Bellini
The Nativity c. 1490 - Gerard David - www.renaissance-in-art.org
The Nativity c. 1490
Gerard David
The Madonna of Canon van der Paele 1436 - Jan Van Eyck - www.renaissance-in-art.org
The Madonna of Canon van der Paele 1436
Jan Van Eyck
A Herd of Elephants Instinctively Build a Pit Trap... - Jan van der (Joannes Stradanus) Straet - www.renaissance-in-art.org
A Herd of Elephants Instinctively Build a Pit Trap...
Jan van der (Joannes Stradanus) Straet
Anatomical Study, illustration from De Humani Corporis... - Andreas Vesalius - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Anatomical Study, illustration from De Humani Corporis...
Andreas Vesalius
The Transfiguration - Raphael - www.renaissance-in-art.org
The Transfiguration
Raphael
Adam and Eve (1) - Lucas The Elder Cranach - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Adam and Eve (1)
Lucas The Elder Cranach
Codex Heroica By Philostratus - Attavante Degli Attavanti - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Codex Heroica By Philostratus
Attavante Degli Attavanti
Madonna of the Pomegranate (Madonna della Melagrana) - Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro Filipepi) - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Madonna of the Pomegranate (Madonna della Melagrana)
Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro Filipepi)
Portrait Of A Young Venetian Woman - Albrecht Durer - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Portrait Of A Young Venetian Woman
Albrecht Durer
Portrait of Ludovico Capponi 1551 - Agnolo Bronzino - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Portrait of Ludovico Capponi 1551
Agnolo Bronzino
The Madonna and Child with Saints c. 1445 - Domenico Veneziano - www.renaissance-in-art.org
The Madonna and Child with Saints c. 1445
Domenico Veneziano
The Christ Child between Sts Catherine, Francis and... - Francesco Da Cotignola (see Zaganelli, Francesco di Bosio) - www.renaissance-in-art.org
The Christ Child between Sts Catherine, Francis and...
Francesco Da Cotignola (see Zaganelli, Francesco di Bosio)
Emperor Charles V at Muhlberg 1548 - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Emperor Charles V at Muhlberg 1548
Tiziano Vecellio (Titian)
Achim - Eliud (detail-1) 1511-12 - Michelangelo Buonarroti	 - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Achim - Eliud (detail-1) 1511-12
Michelangelo Buonarroti
Nativity (detail 1) 1490-95 - Francesco Di Giorgio Martini - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Nativity (detail 1) 1490-95
Francesco Di Giorgio Martini
St. Jerome Removing a Thorn from the Lion's Paw  c... - Niccolo Antonio Colantonio - www.renaissance-in-art.org
St. Jerome Removing a Thorn from the Lion's Paw c...
Niccolo Antonio Colantonio
Circe (or Melissa) c. 1520 - Dosso Dossi (Giovanni di Niccolo Luteri) - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Circe (or Melissa) c. 1520
Dosso Dossi (Giovanni di Niccolo Luteri)
Pallas and the Centaur c. 1482 - Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro Filipepi) - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Pallas and the Centaur c. 1482
Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro Filipepi)
Leda and the Swan 1503-07 - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Leda and the Swan 1503-07
Leonardo Da Vinci
Portrait Of A Man (Il Condottiere) - Antonello da Messina Messina - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Portrait Of A Man (Il Condottiere)
Antonello da Messina Messina

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