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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Annunciation (Annunciazione) - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Annunciation (Annunciazione)
Leonardo Da Vinci
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 Transfiguration - Raphael - www.renaissance-in-art.org
The Transfiguration
Raphael
Erasmus Of Rotterdam - Albrecht Durer - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Erasmus Of Rotterdam
Albrecht Durer
A Princess Of Saxony 1517 - Lucas The Elder Cranach - www.renaissance-in-art.org
A Princess Of Saxony 1517
Lucas The Elder Cranach
Hannibal Crossing the Alps - Jacopo Ripanda - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Hannibal Crossing the Alps
Jacopo Ripanda
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
The Nativity c. 1490 - Gerard David - www.renaissance-in-art.org
The Nativity c. 1490
Gerard David
Adam and Eve (1) - Lucas The Elder Cranach - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Adam and Eve (1)
Lucas The Elder Cranach
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
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)
Codex Heroica By Philostratus - Attavante Degli Attavanti - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Codex Heroica By Philostratus
Attavante Degli Attavanti
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
Descent Into Limbo - Giotto Di Bondone - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Descent Into Limbo
Giotto Di Bondone
An Elderly Couple 1510-28 - Jan (Mabuse) Gossaert - www.renaissance-in-art.org
An Elderly Couple 1510-28
Jan (Mabuse) Gossaert
Portrait of Ludovico Capponi 1551 - Agnolo Bronzino - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Portrait of Ludovico Capponi 1551
Agnolo Bronzino
Achim - Eliud (detail-1) 1511-12 - Michelangelo Buonarroti	 - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Achim - Eliud (detail-1) 1511-12
Michelangelo Buonarroti
Venus and Vulcan c. 1610 - Bartholomaeus Spranger - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Venus and Vulcan c. 1610
Bartholomaeus Spranger
Portrait Of A Young Venetian Woman - Albrecht Durer - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Portrait Of A Young Venetian Woman
Albrecht Durer
Anatomical Study, illustration from De Humani Corporis... - Andreas Vesalius - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Anatomical Study, illustration from De Humani Corporis...
Andreas Vesalius
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)
Nativity (detail 1) 1490-95 - Francesco Di Giorgio Martini - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Nativity (detail 1) 1490-95
Francesco Di Giorgio Martini

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