Art, Humanism, and Renaissance

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The Renaissance was a time of great advancement in many subjects, such as literature, art, philosophy, science, and religion. It makes sense that this time period is referred to as the Renaissance, since the word itself means “rebirth” in French. The Renaissance focused on the arts, a religious transformation (known as the Reformation), and a reconstruction of the scientific method and experimentation (known as the Scientific Revolution).
Art took a major turn during the Renaissance. Artistic works were no longer two dimensional, as artists began painting objects in different sizes to give the painting depth on a flat canvas. This practice is known as perspective, as it gave the painting a sense of distance. This form of art is still used today;
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Because of this, people began to experiment on these observations and come to real conclusions. For example, Before the Scientific Revolution, it was believed that the Sun revolved around the universe. Copernicus, however, did not think that this theory was correct. After much research and experimentation, he found that it was actually the opposite: the Earth and the rest of the universe revolve around the Sun. Today, this is known as the heliocentric theory (pg. 346 - 347). Copernicus published a book on this theory, which did not do much until there was proof behind it. Kepler found a way to prove it mathematically, but math was still not enough evidence for the people to believe that the heliocentric theory was true. Since one could not see and observe math, the only people that could understand the theory were mathematicians. Galileo eventually took it a step further and made a demonstration for it, which finally made people believe in this theory (pg. 347 - 348). Another scientific innovation arrived when Sir Isaac Newton published The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, which contained laws that are still taught today. This book contains some of the most important principles to science (pg. 350). Other important scientists of this time include Descartes, Bacon, Harvey, and Vesalius. Without the Scientific Revolution found in the Renaissance,…show more content…
Without this period of time, we wouldn’t have many works of art, literature, scientific principles, or the types of religion that we have today. The Scientific Revolution, Reformation, and Renaissance provided too many important ideas to just be looked over or forgotten. One of the most popular religions was formed, multiple scientific principles were found, and new techniques in art were created during this time. Without the Renaissance, we would not have the understanding of life and the world around us as we do today. Additionally, the Renaissance brought a change in thinking, as humanists, artists, authors, and religious figures all wanted to explore and make advancements in their respective topics. Without the change in mindset, countless masterpieces would never have been created, our understanding of science and literature would not be the same, and the world could have been stuck in the Middle
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