The Renaissance : An Essential Part Of European History

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The term Renaissance has, over the years, become synonymous with ideas of expanding civilisation, rebirth, and cultural expansion. The most renowned example of a country’s cultural renaissance was that of the Italians; however this is only one example of such a cultural and philosophical paradigm. To begin with, a “renaissance” is a revolution of the rebirth of ideals within a country’s individuals: self-awareness, art, architecture, religion and science, to name a few. For it is these ideas that have given civilisations the drive and perseverance to rise from a period wrought with fallow and of social, cultural, and economical regression. Many prominent world powers today, and subsequently in the past, have went through a period of renaissance, which was preceded by what many call a dark age; it is through this time of upheaval that the ideas and socio-political philosophies flourished, paving the way towards each nation 's’ renaissance. To this, the Renaissance should not only be seen as an essential part of European history, but its ideals should also be credited philosophically for improving and influencing different developing societies through the ages. The Renaissance was a series of literary and cultural movements that began in Italy and spread into other parts of Europe in the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries; however, the Renaissance may have extended before and beyond these centuries. The term renaissance means "rebirth," from the belief that Europeans rediscovered Greek and Roman, Classical, culture after many centuries of intellectual and Trapasso 2 cultural decline called the Middle Ages. Many philosophers from the Classical Period, along with the new philosophy of humanism, gave ideas that greatly contributed to the... ... middle of paper ... ...p. The impact humanism had on education was that there was more of a focus on liberal arts. Also the aim of education was to make a complete citizen. The impact humanism had on politics is that civic humanism was involved in the government. Also, that rhetorical training was used in the service of the state. Lastly the impact had humanism had a writing history is that the writing was more secularized. The characteristics of Italian Renaissance art was that their art work was humans in realistic settings, lots of Trapasso 5 painters painted nude humans,frescoes, stained glass windows and illuminated manuscripts. They also used perspective and proportions in paintings. The characteristics of the northern renaissance is that oil paint was used, the focus was more on details and a lot of the paintings were human centered naturalism, which is humans doing everyday things.
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