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Renaissance The Emergence of Self The Renaissance was a time of rebirth and changing thought It was a time when the thinking and philosophy of the Middle Ages began to take a drastic turn Scientists were uncovering new information about mathematics physics and astronomy The human form was being studied with great precision A thirst for knowledge began to undermine the position of the Church as the underlying concept of the Renaissance was humanism- a recognition of basic value of human beings as individuals not simply as souls serving their God and Church Some great thinkers of the time were even persecuted for accepting the explanations of science when they conflicted with the teachings of the Church The power of information and knowledge was so strong that these new ideas of the Renaissance quickly spread throughout Italy and Europe This rebirth of thinking was first born in Italy for many reasons A major reason was the accumulation of wealth in and around the trading centers of Italy Different influential families struggled to increase their power while the popes and emperors struggled over ultimate power An effect of this great wealth and influence was the indulgence of this time The wealthy built extravagant homes and palaces In Florence the Medici family funded many buildings and art projects that survive today Within 100 years the Medicis patronized such artists as Michelangelo DaVinci Donatello and Brunelleschi and used their influence to have two Medicis elected popes A very well known Italian artist of this time was Michelangelo Caravaggio He was a baroque painter who was appreciated for his naturalistic painting in the early 17th century His use of models from the lower classes of society appealed to the people of the Renaissance for realism simplicity and piety in art Equally as innovative for his time was his use of light- and- dark effects called chiaroscuro in his works Caravaggio was born in 1573 in
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