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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Mars, Venus and Cupid - Jacopo d'Antonio Negretti (see Palma Vecchio) - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Mars, Venus and Cupid
Jacopo d'Antonio Negretti (see Palma Vecchio)
Anatomical Study, illustration from De Humani Corporis... - Andreas Vesalius - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Anatomical Study, illustration from De Humani Corporis...
Andreas Vesalius
The Money Changer and his Wife, 1539 - Marinus van Roejmerswaelen - www.renaissance-in-art.org
The Money Changer and his Wife, 1539
Marinus van Roejmerswaelen
Leda c. 1530 - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Leda c. 1530
Leonardo Da Vinci
Allegory of Time Governed by Prudence 1565-70 - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Allegory of Time Governed by Prudence 1565-70
Tiziano Vecellio (Titian)
Adam And Eve   2 - Jan Van Scorel - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Adam And Eve 2
Jan Van Scorel
Adam and Eve 1524 - Hans Baldung Grien - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Adam and Eve 1524
Hans Baldung Grien
Mary Magdalen Repentant - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Mary Magdalen Repentant
Tiziano Vecellio (Titian)
Apollo Chasing Daphne 1681 - Carlo Maratti - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Apollo Chasing Daphne 1681
Carlo Maratti
The Battle of Cascina, or The Bathers, after Michelangelo... - Aristotile da Sangallo - www.renaissance-in-art.org
The Battle of Cascina, or The Bathers, after Michelangelo...
Aristotile da Sangallo
Danse Macabre Empress - Bernt Notke - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Danse Macabre Empress
Bernt Notke
Venus and Cupid 1540 - Lorenzo Lotto - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Venus and Cupid 1540
Lorenzo Lotto

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