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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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
Death and the Maiden 1518-20 - Hans Baldung Grien - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Death and the Maiden 1518-20
Hans Baldung Grien
Hermes and Athena c. 1585 - Bartholomaeus Spranger - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Hermes and Athena c. 1585
Bartholomaeus Spranger
Leda and the Swan 1505-10 - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Leda and the Swan 1505-10
Leonardo Da Vinci
Creation of Adam  1510 - Michelangelo Buonarroti	 - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Creation of Adam 1510
Michelangelo Buonarroti
The Woman with the Unicorn 1505 - Raphael - www.renaissance-in-art.org
The Woman with the Unicorn 1505
Raphael
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
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
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)
Pictish Woman - John White - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Pictish Woman
John White
The Ghent Altarpiece- Virgin Mary (detail) 1426-29 - Jan Van Eyck - www.renaissance-in-art.org
The Ghent Altarpiece- Virgin Mary (detail) 1426-29
Jan Van Eyck
Ferdinand Magellan c.1480-1521 on board his caravel... - Jan van der (Joannes Stradanus) Straet - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Ferdinand Magellan c.1480-1521 on board his caravel...
Jan van der (Joannes Stradanus) Straet

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