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The Renaissance

The picture to the right is the 'Mona Lisa' by Leonardo Da Vinci, who was one of the most important artists of the Renaissance Period.

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Renaissance Facts

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Renaissance - Fast Facts

1. The Renaissance occurred from the early 14th century to the late 16th century.

2. The invention of the
Gutenberg Printing Press in 1450 is a milestone which marks the beginning of the Renaissance. Ideas were able to be spread quicker and farther because of the printing press. It allowed communication to occur through all of Europe.

3. The Renaissance was a time of great beauty and art. Artists like
Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo created greats works of art during this time. Writers like William Shakespeare were producing their own masterpieces.

4. It was also a time of creativity, imagination and curiosity. The
Renaissance was the Age of Exploration. The voyages of many great explorers like Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, Amerigo Vespucci occurred during the Renaissance.

5. The word
'Renaissance' is a French word which means 'Rebirth'. The people credited with beginning the Renaissance were trying to recreate the classical models of Ancient Greek and Rome.

6. The Renaissance was a time when
Venice was the world's busiest seaport and Florence was the heart of great art.

7. At the beginning of the Renaissance,
Italy was the center of world culture. Genoa, Milan, Venice, Rome, Verona and Florence were economic, trade and financial leaders for Europe.

8. There were
changes in thinking during Renaissance. New ideas in art, science, astronomy, religion, literature, mathematics, philosophy, and politics were developed and advanced.

9. The influence of the Renaissance impacted and shaped the future. The changes that happened led to a modern era.

10. Religion was very important during the Renaissance. New religions and ways of thinking were being discussed. Martin Luther had broken away from the Catholic Church and was spreading the Protestant religion throughout Europe.

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