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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Hermes and Athena c. 1585 - Bartholomaeus Spranger - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Hermes and Athena c. 1585
Bartholomaeus Spranger
Death and the Maiden 1518-20 - Hans Baldung Grien - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Death and the Maiden 1518-20
Hans Baldung Grien
Italian Vipers Eating Toads, plate 60 from Venationes... - Jan van der (Joannes Stradanus) Straet - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Italian Vipers Eating Toads, plate 60 from Venationes...
Jan van der (Joannes Stradanus) Straet
Dead Christ Supported by the Madonna and St John (Pietà)... - Giovanni Bellini - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Dead Christ Supported by the Madonna and St John (Pietà)...
Giovanni Bellini
Leda and the Swan 1505-10 - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Leda and the Swan 1505-10
Leonardo Da Vinci
Les tres riches heures du Duc de Berry- Fevrier (February)... - Jean Limbourg - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Les tres riches heures du Duc de Berry- Fevrier (February)...
Jean Limbourg
The Last Supper   2 - Girolamo da Santacroce - www.renaissance-in-art.org
The Last Supper 2
Girolamo da Santacroce
Creation of Adam  1510 - Michelangelo Buonarroti	 - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Creation of Adam 1510
Michelangelo Buonarroti
Venus c. 1520 - Jacopo d'Antonio Negretti (see Palma Vecchio) - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Venus c. 1520
Jacopo d'Antonio Negretti (see Palma Vecchio)
Dead Christ Supported by Two Angels (Pietà) c. 1460 - Giovanni Bellini - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Dead Christ Supported by Two Angels (Pietà) c. 1460
Giovanni Bellini
Mona Lisa (La Gioconda) c. 1503-05 - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Mona Lisa (La Gioconda) c. 1503-05
Leonardo Da Vinci
Allegory of Vice and Virtue - Antoon Claeissens - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Allegory of Vice and Virtue
Antoon Claeissens

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