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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Angels playing musical instruments, c.1475-97 - Francesco Botticini - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Angels playing musical instruments, c.1475-97
Francesco Botticini
Pesaro Altarpiece, detail of the predella featuring... - Giovanni Bellini - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Pesaro Altarpiece, detail of the predella featuring...
Giovanni Bellini
Madonna & Child (The Small Cowper Madonna) 1505 - Raphael - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Madonna & Child (The Small Cowper Madonna) 1505
Raphael
Lily   Detail - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Lily Detail
Leonardo Da Vinci
Human Skeleton - Andreas Vesalius - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Human Skeleton
Andreas Vesalius
Death Mask Of A Woman (Battista Sforza?) - Francesco Laurana - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Death Mask Of A Woman (Battista Sforza?)
Francesco Laurana
Dragon Fighting a Lion - Andrea Zoan - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Dragon Fighting a Lion
Andrea Zoan
Portrait Of A Woman   1 - Bartolomeo Veneto - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Portrait Of A Woman 1
Bartolomeo Veneto
The Virgin Breastfeeding the Infant Christ - Joos Van Cleve (Beke) - www.renaissance-in-art.org
The Virgin Breastfeeding the Infant Christ
Joos Van Cleve (Beke)
Cain and Abel - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Cain and Abel
Tiziano Vecellio (Titian)
Discovery of America with portraits of Amerigo Vespucci... - Jan van der (Joannes Stradanus) Straet - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Discovery of America with portraits of Amerigo Vespucci...
Jan van der (Joannes Stradanus) Straet
Four Apostles - Albrecht Durer - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Four Apostles
Albrecht Durer

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