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The great turning point of Western civilization called the Renaissance the rebirth of literature art architecture and philosophy in Europe marked the emergence of the modern world from the dark ages Aston 11 The Renaissance caused educated Europeans to develop new attitudes about themselves and the world around them This intellectual cultural awaking influenced European thinking by a concept of humanism which emphasized the worth of an individual Aston 12 This attention given to the development of an individuals potential during the Renaissance brought with it a new emphasis on education The people of the Renaissance believed a person should not be bound to one specific discipline Thus the goal of education was to develop the individuals talents in all the intellectual and physical areas ranging from scholarship to the writing of sonnets and swordsmanship In the Renaissance people from various segments of society from kings and nobles to merchants and soldiers studied classical literature and art though most of these people were amateurs who studied for pleasure As well the Renaissance spirit of curiosity experimentation and objectivity were also important to the development of science in Europe Aston 13In the first city-states of Italy Italian Renaissance paintings soon began to evolve from the flat symbolic style of medieval paintings to a more realistic style To make their creations lifelike and captivating artists experienced with new techniques such as creating a sense of perspective that gave their paintings depth Wallace 15 This new form of painting through perspective lead Renaissance artists to study anatomy which is the science of dissecting the different parts of any organized body to discover their structure This allowed artisans to portray human figures more accurately and naturally Wallace 57 Leonardo da Vinci not only mastered the newly discovered science of perspective in art through anatomy but also he advanced the idea that an artist be a creative thinker then only a mere artisan Costantino 1When Leonardo used the words
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