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The European Renaissance The Renaissance was a period of European history considered by modern scholars as that between 1300 and 1600 Many dramatic changes happened during the Renaissance The Renaissance was a period of new inventions and beliefs The Enlightenment the French Revolution the Industrial Revolution modern science capitalism politics diplomacy and warfare were all shaped by events ideas and thinkers of the Renaissance In terms of cultural developments the invention of the printing press the Protestant Reformation and Catholic Counter-Reformation and the flowering of Humanism were revolutionary for the construction of modern thought and culture And of course the artistic accomplishments in art literature music and theater are of monumental scope and significance The Renaissance was drastically different from the Middle Ages During the Middle Ages the church held most of the power and its economy was agriculturally based Exploration and learning was almost put to a stop During the Renaissance society was transformed into a society increasingly dominated by central political institutions with an urban commercial attitude Also peoples curiosity overcame their fear and many people started to venture out and explore New schools and colleges became more and more common The Renaissance was started by many rich Italian cities such as Florence Ferrara Milan and Venice Because these cities were very wealthy many merchants started to spend money on different things such as painting learning new banking techniques and new systems of government These things gave rise to a new type of scholar the humanist Humanism was subjects concerned with humankind and culture They studied various things such as Latin Greek language literature and philosophy Music and mathematics were also studied as well The Renaissance gave way to new forms of painting art and sculpture During the Renaissance artist were no longer regarded as mere artisans as they had been to the medieval past but for the first time emerged as independent personalities compared to poets and writers Many artisans merged
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