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"Explain, noting various individuals and their writings/works of art, how the hallmark ideas of the Renaissance, humanism, individualism and secularism, reflected the essential thought of the time - the unity of all things, harmony of natural and spiritual worlds, new place of humans on Earth, their mission and destiny.
Consider starting your research and reading on the topic with the work of Pico della Mirandola from 'Oration on the Dignity of Man'.
'To him it is granted to have whatever he chooses, to be whatever he wills'."
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You might start your paper by considering the basic concept of Humanism; which is that all human beings have worth and that life was to be celebrated. Man was not passing through a vale of tears, as had been believed by medieval thinkers; rather he was to enjoy the gifts of nature that had been given to him. They no longer felt themselves confined to a world of denial and suffering.
There are a number of artists/writers you might consider. All the great Renaissance artists, including Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, etc. portrayed human beings realistically; their works often showed anatomically correct portrayals. This was in furtherance of the idea that humanity was to be celebrated. Also, Sir Thomas More, who wrote Utopia, the perfect society, which of course did not exist. More used an interesting choice of words here, as Utopia literally meant "nowhere." Also, his friend Desiderius Erasmus defended More's work in "In Praise of Folly."
Again there is a play on words, as when the Latin is translated literally, it reads "In Praise of More."
It was believed by the writers of the time that knowledge liberated a man. Hence the study of the humanities, the idea of the basic worth of all humans, came to be known as the "liberal arts."
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