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
Nativity (detail 1) 1490-95 - Francesco Di Giorgio Martini - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Nativity (detail 1) 1490-95
Francesco Di Giorgio Martini
Adam (detail) 1524 - Hans Baldung Grien - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Adam (detail) 1524
Hans Baldung Grien
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)
The Four Social Conditions- Work - Jean Bourdichon - www.renaissance-in-art.org
The Four Social Conditions- Work
Jean Bourdichon
Drawing Of A Womans Torso - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Drawing Of A Womans Torso
Leonardo Da Vinci
Dante and Virgil Entering Purgatory 1499-1502 - Francesco Signorelli - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Dante and Virgil Entering Purgatory 1499-1502
Francesco Signorelli
Danae and the Shower of Gold - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Danae and the Shower of Gold
Tiziano Vecellio (Titian)
Hazelnut Bush left and Cherry tree centre, Illustration... - Robinet Testard - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Hazelnut Bush left and Cherry tree centre, Illustration...
Robinet Testard
Melancholy I - Albrecht Durer - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Melancholy I
Albrecht Durer
Madonna of the Meadow (Madonna del prato) 1505 - Giovanni Bellini - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Madonna of the Meadow (Madonna del prato) 1505
Giovanni Bellini
Annunciation c. 1527 - Lorenzo Lotto - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Annunciation c. 1527
Lorenzo Lotto
Portrait of Pope Clement IX  1669 - Carlo Maratti - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Portrait of Pope Clement IX 1669
Carlo Maratti
The Transfiguration - Raphael - www.renaissance-in-art.org
The Transfiguration
Raphael
Husband and Wife 1523 - Lorenzo Lotto - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Husband and Wife 1523
Lorenzo Lotto
Amminadab 1511-12 - Michelangelo Buonarroti	 - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Amminadab 1511-12
Michelangelo Buonarroti
Venus and Vulcan c. 1610 - Bartholomaeus Spranger - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Venus and Vulcan c. 1610
Bartholomaeus Spranger
St Sebastian - Marco Basaiti - www.renaissance-in-art.org
St Sebastian
Marco Basaiti
The Battle of Anghiari (detail) 1503-05 - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.renaissance-in-art.org
The Battle of Anghiari (detail) 1503-05
Leonardo Da Vinci
Venus and Mars c. 1483 - Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro Filipepi) - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Venus and Mars c. 1483
Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro Filipepi)
Angel With The Key To The Bottomless Pit - Albrecht Durer - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Angel With The Key To The Bottomless Pit
Albrecht Durer
Achim - Eliud (detail-1) 1511-12 - Michelangelo Buonarroti	 - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Achim - Eliud (detail-1) 1511-12
Michelangelo Buonarroti
Christ Appearing To Mary Magdalen - Juan De Flandes - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Christ Appearing To Mary Magdalen
Juan De Flandes
Life at the Court of Catherine de Medici 1519-89, 16th... - Jean or Johann Sadeler - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Life at the Court of Catherine de Medici 1519-89, 16th...
Jean or Johann Sadeler

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