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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Butcher's Stall with the Flight into Egypt - Pieter Aertsen - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Butcher's Stall with the Flight into Egypt
Pieter Aertsen
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
A Castle Yard 1546 - Augustin Hirschvogel - www.renaissance-in-art.org
A Castle Yard 1546
Augustin Hirschvogel
Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani (Lady with an Ermine)... - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani (Lady with an Ermine)...
Leonardo Da Vinci
Adam And Eve   1 - Hans Baldung Grien - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Adam And Eve 1
Hans Baldung Grien
Allegory with wolf and eagle - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Allegory with wolf and eagle
Leonardo Da Vinci
Hermit Saints Triptych - Hieronymous Bosch - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Hermit Saints Triptych
Hieronymous Bosch
Danae 1527 - Jan (Mabuse) Gossaert - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Danae 1527
Jan (Mabuse) Gossaert
Adam and Eve 1533 - Lucas The Elder Cranach - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Adam and Eve 1533
Lucas The Elder Cranach
Garden Of Eden - Jacob De Backer - www.renaissance-in-art.org
Garden Of Eden
Jacob De Backer
12 Members of the Haarlem Brotherhood of Jerusalem... - Jan Van Scorel - www.renaissance-in-art.org
12 Members of the Haarlem Brotherhood of Jerusalem...
Jan Van Scorel
A Choir of Angels 1459 - Simon Marmion - www.renaissance-in-art.org
A Choir of Angels 1459
Simon Marmion

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