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The Renaissance encouraged many changes in society It opened a whole new era of reasoning and creative thinking Many ideas of society were developed in this time period One such idea is the concept of Humanism Humanism was an intellectual movement that developed in the heart of the Italian Renaissance It was a way to focus on worldly subjects rather than religious issues that had been thought about for centuries It showed the significance of education which would stimulate and encourage ones creative powers Humanistic beliefs were based on the beliefs of the early Romans and Greeks It directed itself to these areas of study Grammar Rhetoric Poetry and history This is an important achievement for Europe because it open a new window a window to the mind It finally put an end to the feudalistic society that existed during the Dark Ages It also began a renewed interest in art and began a new Golden Age Art was the most magnificent it had ever been after the humanistic society began Art was still mostly based on religious ideas but that was only because the patrons of the art were religious leaders such as the pope and bishops etc Still there was art that portrayed humanistic ideas as well Well-known figures in society were often portrayed in the paintings The emphasis on religious painting had died down A new form of expression was developed The paintings were becoming more realistic Two dimensional art was gone Artists portrayed there art in a three dimensional manner through perspec- tive In perspective distant objects would be smaller closer objects would be larger than the distant objects This created a realistic view of life through art A few examples of this art work are Michaelangelos Sisteen Chapel Leonardo Da Vincis Mona Lisa and Raphaels School of Athens Humanistic ideas helped to push people away from the Church Society began to realize the faults with the Catholic Church
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