The Development Of The Italian Renaissance

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Describe and account for the development of the Italian Renaissance from c. AD 1300 to c. AD 1500.

Lingering toward the end of the 1400 AD, when the mediocre era declared as the “Middle Ages” were pressing toward an end, a select few of Italian theorists claimed that they were now living in a new age. They said; the new age would be a “Rinascità”, translation is “rebirth”. This was the name given to the epoch now known as the Renaissance, which will now be described and accounted for. This era was seemingly bursting with new inventions, amazing discoveries, magnificent buildings, great literature, religious interest and gorgeous art. It is represented as a time that man began to emphasize the importance of personal... View More »

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During this time, the Papacy endured several setbacks in power and notability due to their struggles with nonspiritual rulers, the hierarchy, and the immoral Popes. The essence of this transformation signifying the beginning of the renaissance ‘caught fire’ in Florence, which was an independent republic and was Italy’s banking and commercial capital with a powerful wool trading post. This city became the cultural center of Europe as well as being the center of the Renaissance due to its wealthy inhabitants, such as the Medici family, who maintained the city’s financial strength and were wise and generous benefactors of the artists and intellectuals. Enthusiasm gradually spread to the neighboring states of Tuscany such as Siena and Lucca. Venice and Milan also grew wealthy and powerful, playing large roles in Italian politics and drawing many artists and writers to their cities. Venice was under the oligarchy’s rule in the hands of its Great Council of noble families, and Milan by a strong monarchy that produced a line of powerful dukes.

The new way of thinking, Humanism, defined the renaissance’s spirit. Humanism encouraged people to question pre-established information, particularly that of the medieval Church. More people began to use experimentation and observation to solve earthly problems of their day and age. The amount of Renaissance intellectuals who focused on trying to define and understand the laws of nature and the physical world increased. Leonardo da Vinci was one of these men. He was the personification of what is known as the "Renaissance man" ...

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