When did the Renaissance begin?

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In the late fourteenth century (that means the late 1300's), a movement of literature, art, and philosophy began in Europe. This movement brought us such people as Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Raphael, Donatello, Galileo, among many others. This was a time of great intellectual and cultural growth in the Western world that influenced many of the ideas, technology, and art we have today.

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Current thinking is that it is 'wrong' to use the term 'Renaissance' because it suggests certains misunderstandings and that the preferred term is now the Early Mordern Period.

However, Western European interest in ancient learning was accelerated by the reconquest of muslim Spain in the 1450 and the fall of Constantinople in 1453. Urbino in Italy is supposed to have been the place that sparked off this sudden rush of culture, knowledge and discovery in the mid 15th century.

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ocial and political developments in the late Middle Ages gave rise to the spirit of the Renaissance. The Crusades (1096-1291)-the military expeditions undertaken by Christian powers to win the holy land from the Muslims-brought Europeans into contact with other cultures and most importantly with Byzantine civilization. The remnant of the East Roman Empire, Byzantium had preserved the knowledge of ancient times. In addition, many texts thought to have been destroyed during the tribal ransacking of the West Roman Empire (in the fifth century a.d.) remained preserved in various translations throughout the Middle East. So it was during the Crusades that some of these were brought back to Europe, where classical scholars undertook the task of deciphering the West's cultural past.

In northern Italy, a series of city-states developed independent of the larger empires to the north and south of them. These small states-Florence, Rome, Venice, and Milan, among others-gained prosperity through trade and banking, and as a result, a wealthy class of businessmen emerged. These community leaders admired and encouraged creativity, patronizing artists who might glorify their commercial achievement with great buildings, paintings, and sculptures. The most influential patrons of the arts were the Medicis, a wealthy banking family in Florence. Members of the Medici family supported many important artists, including Botticelli and Michelangelo. Guided by the Medici patronage, Florence became the most magnificent city of the period.

One way patrons encouraged art was to sponsor competitions in order to spur artists to more significant achievement. In many cases, the losers of these contests went on to greater fame than the winners. After his defeat in the competition to create the bronze doors of the Baptistery of Florence Cathedral, architect Filippo Brunelleschi (1377-1446) made several trips to take measurements of the ruined buildings of ancient Rome. When he returned to Florence, he created the immense il duomo (dome) of the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, a classically influenced structure that became the first great monument of the Renaissance.

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The Renaissance, which means “new birth” or “resurrection” is generally considered to have started in Italy in the 1300s. It represented a resurgence of interest in classical learning and values, in discovery and exploration of the world, faith in logic, reason and the scientific method as sources of truth, and a celebration of the human mind and body in art and literature. It was also a period of clashes with traditional religious authority, as Copernicus challenged the Ptolemaic view that the earth was the center of the universe.  It was also a period when the feudal system went into decline and commerce and international trade began to flourish. It marked the end of centuries of decline and stagnation that characterized the Dark Ages.










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Although the Rennaisance started in the 1300s, if one was to give an actual year that the Rennaisance started, that year would be 1453. This is for three reasons. First, it was the year Constantinople fell. Second, it was the year that Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, which allowed the spread of many new ideas. Third, it was the end of the Hundred Years War (actually 113 years). All of these events allowed people to stop fighting and to focus on intellectual and artistic achievement.

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The Renaissance or "rebirth" started in Italy shortly after the end of the dark ages in the early 1300's.  It began in different times in different places because of several wars and religious conflicts.  It is roughly known as the time between the 1300s to the mid to late 1500s as it transforms into the Reformation.  Italy was the starting place due to its close crises with Christiandome.  Italy also remembered the great enlightened times of ancient Athens due to its close proximity and use of many things taken from the Greek ancients in culture and experience.

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It began around the late 15th century. It occured because of muslim scientists. After the fall of muslim scientist from violent attacks, in spain in 1492, all the beautiful and scientific inventions done by the muslims were all inherited by the spains which laid the foundation for such advancement. Today all the advanced things we use in our everyday lives are here for the muslim scientists.

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it begin in italy. in the fourteenth century in 1300 from 1600


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Renaissance began in 14th centuary when human mind began to be logical & realistic and began questioning the authority of the church.

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You can not bound the origin of ren'sa in time limit. Basically it is a process which is running from the begining of time. It is development of humains thoughts towards the developmental values for humain lives obtained its significant height (in europe only coz in asia even haddappa sabhayata and vedic sabhyata were more civilized and based on humain values) near about 1300 ad and have not got proper place in Affrica till today.

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It's a nebulous answer. I usually say 1350CE, but others have said 1452, 1450s, 1400s, 1500s, etc. Around that general time span is fine.

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The Renaissance was basically the beginning of the end for the Feudal style of government that Europe used following the collapse of the Roman Empire in 505 A.D..  European Nobility found that the easiest way to control the masses was to keep them ignorant.  Not only was this convenient for the Nobles, but also the Catholic church who together with the nobles developed the concept of Divine Right.  When the Crusades began around 800-1000 A.D., upon returning, Europeans were exposed to items like silks, teas, and spices from the Far East.  As a result, a market for these items began to grow.  Italian merchants became the middle man for this lucrative exchange.  As a result, over time these merchants began to grow rather wealthy.  Lacking the tradition culture and pedigree of the noble elite, these merchants sought out this knowledge and culture through educating themselves with the classics of Rome and Greece.  This slow methodical process would slow begin to eat away at the foundations of control established by the nobility and Catholic church of the 1300's through the 1400's.  2 great by products of the Renaissance will be the Protestant Reformation and the Great Enlightenment.  

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