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Renaissance was more than just a time period it was a state of mind No longer did the world think in turns of conquering power and the catholic church It was a time of change politically socially economically and culturally The arts were explored and the minds of many were expanded The boundaries of mankind have been stretched and it was for the good The ways of Middle Ages were replaced The medieval scholars debated the nature of life after death Renaissance thinkers wanted to know about nowThe Renaissance began in Italy in the mid 1300s There are many reasons for this Italy was the center of ancient Rome which at this time was thought to be great and there was a reawakened interest in it Old artifacts were still plentiful and reminders of the ancient culture The northern city-states were centers of trade and at this time becoming very wealthy The now wealthy and powerful merchant class also helped the world starting with Italy to explore the arts by giving large amounts of moneyIn the 1400s the Medici family in Florence started a banking business Then in 1434 Cosimo de Medici gained control of the Florence government Cosimos grandson Lorenzo was a politician also He was a big financial supporter of the arts Poets and Philosophers visited his palace often as did many artists like Michelangelo who painted ancient Roman sculptures in his gardenThe most famous artists of the time were the NINGA TURTLES Not really but they had the same names like the famous Leonardo who even dissected people to get a better perspective on how to draw He was not only an artist but also he made sketches for planes and submarines I bet no one at this time even thought that flying was possible Some say this man was inspired by the devil I think he is a genious This mans name is Niccolo Machiavelli who wrote the book
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