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This is my husband's final term paper for his huma1 class. He gave me permission to send it to you guys. He also received an "A" on his.


The Renaissance is marked as a fundamental change in European

vision in the 15th and 16th centuries, which moved into the 20th century. Renaissance Art

and Architecture: painting, sculpture, architecture, and allied arts produced in Europe in

the historical period called the Renaissance. However, the period covers the

200 years between 1400 and 1600, although specialists disagree on the exact dates. The

word renaissance literally means "rebirth" and is the French translation of the Italian

rinascita. The Renaissance was characterized by geographical exploration, growth of

secular values, and scientific and artistic inquiry. The Renaissance was also a cultural and

intellectual movement where many advancements were made in the fields of music,

literature, art, and science. The great concept of Renaissance was initially Italian.

As a

period of art history, the Renaissance is unique in that it defines itself and establishes the

large chronological timeline we still use today to explain the European past.

The Renaissance spread through wars, trade, travel and diplomacy from Italy to France, Northern Europe, and Spain. After its arrival in these areas, it held strong Gothic traditions and memories of the classical past.



Early Renaissance was succeeded by the High Renaissance period, which began sometime in the early 1500's.

Some of the main members of the first generation of The Renaissance artists were: Donatello in sculpture, Filippo Brunelleschi in architecture, and Masaccio in painting. They all shared many important characteristics. The way they thought was that faith in the theoretical foundations of art and the conviction that development and progress were not only possible but very important to the life...