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The new excitement about human potential spilled over into many areas of Renaissance life It helped to stimulate great artistic and intellectual achievements the European continent This is a quote from our seventh grade social studies book and the basis of this report Painting sculpture architecture and allies arts produced in Europe in the historical period called the Renaissance Broadly considered the period covers the 200 years between 1400 and 1600 although specialists disagree on exact dates The word renaissance literally means rebirth and is the French translation of the Italian rinascita The two principal components of Renaissance style are the following a revival of the classical forms originally developed by the ancient Greeks and Romans and a renewed vitality and spirit emphasizing the diverse qualities of humanity The Renaissance period in art history corresponds to the beginning of the great Western age of discovery and exploration when a general desire developed to examine all aspects of nature and the world This information was taken from Funk and Wagnalls New Encyclopedia There are many different areas of the Renaissance including the following The Renaissance of Italy The Renaissance in Northern Europe and The Renaissance in Spain The Renaissance first developed in Italy The example of the ancient Greeks and Romans was constantly available to the Italians- their language which was only codified about 1300 had evolved from the Latin of the Romans and in addition Italy had on its man architectural forms were found in almost every town and city Roman sculpture particularly in the form of marble sarcophagi covered with reliefs had been familiar for centuries The Renaissance in Northern Europe features late Gothic culture that was coexistent with the discoveries and changing view toward humans and their world that were also characteristics of the Italian Renaissance In northern countries like Germany and England people were slow to accept the new culture of the Renaissance and even slower still in allowing it to become
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