Why is the Renaissance era so important?

The vibrant period of the European Renaissance era is famous worldwide. Most people will just think of the famed paintings of this era, but the Renaissance was much more than great art. Laying out the foundation for the European age of exploration, which lead to European’s global power. Its big-name discoveries, masterpieces, developments have gone down in history as some of the greatest creations on earth.

What is Renaissance era?

It was the bridge of time between the Middle Ages and modern times in Europe. The word ‘renaissance’ is derivative from the French word rebirth, signifying how Europe came out of the dark, reawakening in art, culture, science, technology, and music. It was an incredible time of beauty, blossoming with creativity and curiosity.

When did this era begin?

The era began in the 14th century, ending in the late 17th century. The birth began in Florence, Italy, spreading to the rest of the country, and finally the entire continent. Italy’s wealth allowed their extravagant spending on the fine arts, as the cultural movement had money and art hand in hand.

Why is it so Important?

The Renaissance was an incredibly important era in Europe as it ushered in a new change in art, knowledge, and culture. Discovering new ideas in travel, invention, fine art, and thinking. The term ‘Renaissance Man’ refers to the highly influential people who shaped this era. Individuals who had expert knowledge and talent, such as the artists, thinkers, and writers of the continent. There is a wide range of these citizens who are still famous today, playing a major role in inspiring and motivating the world’s work in art, music, literature, technology, and physiology.

Big-name masterpieces from this era

Art is one of the most discussed sections of the Renaissance era. With famous artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, and Donatello all producing their famous masterpieces during this era. Leonardo da Vinci, although an inventor, scientist, writer and more, is most famous for his incredible world-famous paintings, such as the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Michelangelo is renowned for his work on some of Italian’s greatest treasures, including the Sistine Chapel’s frescos. Other incredible renaissance men that were talented in astronomy, philosophy, writing, and exploration include household names Galileo, Shakespeare, and Columbus.

Where can you see them?

As the era was set in Europe, your best bet is to travel there! Italy, in particular, is swarming with famous masterpieces, with the main areas to visit being Rome, Vatican City, and Florence. See the country’s incredible architecture throughout these three regions such as the celebrated St. Peter’s Basilica, as well as the Sistine Chapel. The spectacular buildings housing paintings and sculptures such as Michelangelo’s David, Raphael’s frescoes, as well as Caravaggio’s ‘The Calling of St Matthew.’ The Renaissance is one of the greatest eras for beauty and is well worth a visit to Italy!

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