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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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
Angels playing musical instruments, c.1475-97 - Francesco Botticini - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Angels playing musical instruments, c.1475-97
Francesco Botticini
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
The Knight  Death And The Devil - Albrecht Durer - www.renaissance-in-art.org
The Knight Death And The Devil
Albrecht Durer
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
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)
Dragon Fighting a Lion - Andrea Zoan - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Dragon Fighting a Lion
Andrea Zoan
Lily   Detail - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Lily Detail
Leonardo Da Vinci
Portrait Of A Woman   1 - Bartolomeo Veneto - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Portrait Of A Woman 1
Bartolomeo Veneto
Hermit Saints Triptych - Hieronymous Bosch - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Hermit Saints Triptych
Hieronymous Bosch
Madonna & Child (The Small Cowper Madonna) 1505 - Raphael - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Madonna & Child (The Small Cowper Madonna) 1505
Raphael

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