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Basically this is out of the Encyclopedia The term Renaissance describes the period of European history from the 14th to the 16th century It is derived from the French word for rebirth and originally referred to the revival of values and artistic styles of classical antiguity during that period The idea of Renai- ssance is a distinct historical period heralding the modern age characterized by the rise of the individual scientific inquiry and geographical exploration as well as secular values Many scholars would agree that there is a distinctive Renaissance style in music literature and especially the arts The emergence of the artist as a creator was a result and major cause of the development of Renaissance art Art became widely valued as a mode of personal ex- pression The evolution of Italian Renaissance art was a continuous process but was divided into three major parts Early High and Late Renaissance Early Renaissance artists sought to create art forms consistent with the appearance of the natural world and with their experience of human personality and behavior The task of accurate representation was addressed in the spirit of intense and methodical inquiry Rational inquiry was to be the key to success therefore the efforts were made to discover the correct laws of proportion for the representation of the human body The term Early Renaissance characterizes virtually all the art of the 15th century Florence Italy was the cradle of Renaissance artistic thought and remained one of the undisputed centers of innovation About 1450 a new generation of artists that included Pollaiuolo and Sandro Botticelli
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