The Renaissance

The most exciting thing since Rome!

Filippo Brunelleschi, the father of modern architecture and perfector of the dome, invites you to the Renaissance! Beginning in the late 14th Century, the Renaissance was an exciting time in European history. The Renaissance featured a flourishing period of artistic and literary expression, unprecendented wealth, new ideas and knowledge, and the emergence of modern thought. It was something that everyone wanted to be a part of!


Beginning: Changing attitudes and increased wealth following the Black Death

Started: the wealthy trade cities of the Italian Peninsula

Continued: Spread throughout Europe in the ensuing centuries

Ended: Increased conflicts between European powers in the late 16th and early 17th Centuries

The Renaissance is best characterized by its art. Renaissance art remains some of the best and most well-known art in history. Perhaps even more important than its aesthetic value is how this art reflects the ideals of the Renaissance. The Renaissance was a time in which religion became less central to people's lives. Art of the Renaissance devotes more time to non-religious themes than art during the Middle Ages. Religious figures that do appear in Renaissance art were typically shown as being little different from anyone else. Medieval art, on the other hand, often depicted religious figures surrounded by halos or golden light and usually larger than life. The increasing detail and life-like quality of Renaissance art reflects increasing interest in studying the human body and the natural world. The use of techniques such as perspective in art demonstrate the development and application of new ideas that was commonplace during the Renaissance. The Renaissance was also a time of great interest in ancient Greece and Rome. Renaissance art often depicted scenes or people from antiquity. Renaissance art, particularly sculpture, also often incorporated Greek and Roman styles.