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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Leda and the Swan   1 - Michelangelo Buonarroti	 - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Leda and the Swan 1
Michelangelo Buonarroti
The Last Supper 1542 - Jacopo Bassano (Jacopo da Ponte) - www.renaissance-in-art.org
The Last Supper 1542
Jacopo Bassano (Jacopo da Ponte)
Amazon Indian, engraved by Theodore de Bry (1528-98) - John White - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Amazon Indian, engraved by Theodore de Bry (1528-98)
John White
Three Ages Of The Woman And The Death 1510 - Hans Baldung Grien - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Three Ages Of The Woman And The Death 1510
Hans Baldung Grien
Pietà (detail) 1472 - Giovanni Bellini - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Pietà (detail) 1472
Giovanni Bellini
Henry VIII (1491-1547) - Joos Van Cleve (Beke) - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Henry VIII (1491-1547)
Joos Van Cleve (Beke)
The Colosseum in Rome 1564 - Antonio Lafreri - www.renaissance-in-art.org
The Colosseum in Rome 1564
Antonio Lafreri
Battista Sforza - Francesco Laurana - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Battista Sforza
Francesco Laurana
An Amputation, illustration from Feldtbuch der Wundartzney... - Hans or Johannes Ulrich Wechtlin - www.renaissance-in-art.org
An Amputation, illustration from Feldtbuch der Wundartzney...
Hans or Johannes Ulrich Wechtlin
Pope Alexander IV Presenting Jacopo Pesaro To St Peter - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Pope Alexander IV Presenting Jacopo Pesaro To St Peter
Tiziano Vecellio (Titian)
Eskimo (Inuit) Woman and Baby - John White - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Eskimo (Inuit) Woman and Baby
John White
The Knight  Death And The Devil - Albrecht Durer - www.renaissance-in-art.org
The Knight Death And The Devil
Albrecht Durer

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