Renaissance Thinkers

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Historical Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

The most famous happenings during the Renaissance.

The Renaissance thinkers had a more creative outlook on the world in this time period, in contrast, the Medieval way of thinking was more concrete. When you put life on a spectrum, and only see black and white, without all the gray in the middle, is a  prime example of concrete thinking. Renaissance thinkers saw the gray area, therefore they didn't just use logic or tangible evidence, they also used imagination. Middle aged intellects focused on ancient sources and based their lives off  that, while the Renaissance thinkers focused on the gap that was between the past world and the modern, then filled it with creativity. The fact that the Renaissance focused a lot on classical texts, they were able to not only generalize, but also realize the similarities and uniqueness of many situations, and live by it. “Although Renaissance culture was by no means pagan, it was more overtly materialistic and more commercialized.”(p.34-375)

Not everyone acknowledges the Renaissance was initially developed in Italy first, then became a Europe-wide movement. “The most fundamental reason was that, after the Black Death, northern Italy became the most urbanized region of Europe.” (p.378)

Throughout this whole Renaissance movement, Italy's economic status did improve because men who were going across country to work, could now stay at home due to more opportunities coming available. Italy also wanted their own independence, culture, and most of all their voice. They didn't want to be told what their heritage should look like, be like, or sound like. They wanted to be recognized as their own, and they could not have done that without the Renaissance occurring.

“The ideals of the Renaissance often stand in sharp contrast to the harsh realities alongside which they coexisted, and in which they were rooted.” (p.397) The events during the fourteenth century had a devastating affect on Italy. The Black Death had occurred, they were abandoned by the papacy, and they lost what little power they had  from the status of the pawn.

The most famous happenings about the Renaissance were the arts, architecture, and music developments. “Without questioning, the most enduring legacy of the Italian Renaissance has been the contributions of its artists, particularly those who embraced new techniques and approaches to painting.” (p.391) The principal features of Renaissance art were realism and expression, perspective, classicism, the emphasis on individualism, the geometrical arrangement of figures, light and shadowing, and most importantly artists had the ability to express  their own personality through their artwork.

Finally, when the Renaissance began in Northern Europe they began to adapt their  ideas from the Renaissance by reviving individualism, humanism, and secularism into their daily lives. There were universities now available for students from all over Europe to attend; “the intellectual life in the Middle Ages began to expand.” (p.391) The economic growth and trade opportunities were a major impact during this time period.


Submitted: October 01, 2014

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