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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Portrait Of A Woman   1 - Bartolomeo Veneto - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Portrait Of A Woman 1
Bartolomeo Veneto
Pietà (detail) 1472 - Giovanni Bellini - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Pietà (detail) 1472
Giovanni Bellini
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
A Family Saying Grace Before the Meal, 1585 - Antoon Claeissens - www.renaissance-in-art.org
A Family Saying Grace Before the Meal, 1585
Antoon Claeissens
Abraham, Sarah, and the Angel - Jan Provost - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Abraham, Sarah, and the Angel
Jan Provost
Young Hare - Albrecht Durer - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Young Hare
Albrecht Durer
Pallas Expelling the Vices from the Garden of Virtue... - Andrea Mantegna - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Pallas Expelling the Vices from the Garden of Virtue...
Andrea Mantegna
Leda and the Swan   1 - Michelangelo Buonarroti	 - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Leda and the Swan 1
Michelangelo Buonarroti
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
Human Skeleton - Andreas Vesalius - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Human Skeleton
Andreas Vesalius
The Colosseum in Rome 1564 - Antonio Lafreri - www.renaissance-in-art.org
The Colosseum in Rome 1564
Antonio Lafreri
Angels playing musical instruments, c.1475-97 - Francesco Botticini - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Angels playing musical instruments, c.1475-97
Francesco Botticini

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