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This paper overviews the period of the Renaissance and its dynamic intellectual, cultural and artistic movements, from the 14th to 16th century. The paper looks at the role of Italy in this period and focuses on three of her outstanding artists; Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael, and how they changed the face of European art forever.
From the Paper:"Between 1420 and 1600, Italy was a major factor in European progress in the areas of the arts, sciences, society, and government. This period of broad cultural achievement is called the Renaissance, a word that means rebirth, because it was a period of rediscovery of the rich past of Western Civilization which had laid dormant throughout the Middle Ages. This name is highly appropriate because the idea of rebirth defines all the achievements that came out of the Renaissance. The people of this period believed that the way to this great achievement was through the study of Europe's previous great civilizations such as the ancient Greeks and Romans. Consequently, they rejected their more recent medieval past defined by widespread ignorance and religious servitude. This new way of thinking about the past gave rise to a new, enlightened way of thinking and produced art, philosophy, and literature that is surprisingly hard to define."
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Italian Renaissance (2009, December 29) Retrieved January 25, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/research-paper/italian-renaissance-118039/
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