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Modern Age - The Renaissance

Modern Age - The Renaissance



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Changes in Europe, such as the development of commerce and cities and maritime expansion, were accompanied by an intense cultural movement.

These transformations made Europeans believe that they lived in a new time, very different from that which reigned throughout the Middle Ages. This is why Europeans from the 14th to the 16th centuries believed they were witnessing the true Rebirth.

Thus, in much of Europe, writers and artists began to emerge, concerned with expressing the values ​​of that “new” society. In large part, these cultural activities were funded by wealthy merchants and bankers.


Caption: In the picture, frame details The last supper, by Leonardo da Vinci. In Renaissance painting the perspective begins to emerge. Until then, artists gave little importance to the notion of depth. In a sense, the emergence of perspective represents changes in the way of interpreting the European Renaissance world.

Renaissance ideas and practices

Trade with the East has enabled many European merchants, especially from the cities of Venice and Florence, on the Italian peninsula, to accumulate great fortunes. Enriched, some of these merchants, as well as rulers and popes, began to finance the artistic production of sculptors, painters, architects, musicians, writers, etc.

This practice became known as patronage. And while boosting the arts and sciences, it helped reaffirm the political authority of those who funded and protected the artists. After all, those receiving funding largely expressed values ​​upheld by Patron.

Between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries, the artistic and literary production was so intense and varied that this period received the denomination of Rebirth or Renaissance.
This movement began in the Italic peninsula, where cities of intense cultural activities such as Florence and Venice were located.

From these poles, the movement spread throughout Europe.