The Renaissance

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The 14th, 15th and part of 16th century was a glorious time for Europe, it was the reformation of many old ideas and the formation of many new, this was called the Renaissance. It was a time of fun and enjoying life, and it brought many changes to Europe. The economy rose as a result of all the new explorations. The flourishing economy helped to inspire new developments in art and literature, and new ways of thinking were formed.

Before renaissance, religion had a deep impact on people's lives. Religion was involved in their everyday life. Not only did they use to pray for themselves, but they also used to pray for their families and their allies. People used to believe nothing was an accident but instead it was a punishment for their sins. But after the renaissance, religion changed drastically. People started thinking by themselves and stopped blindly believing in the doctrines of the church.

They started asking questions and having opinions which weakened the influence of religion on their daily life.

This led to the formation of scholasticism, in which the church's wishes and demands were to be pursued. People were aware of themselves only as members of a race, party, family, or corporation. People began to think less of the world to come; instead, they concentrated more on the life they were living now. Intellectuals were torn away from the teachings of the church and began to think outside the church. They started humanism, the idea that one is equal to the ancients.

Humanists identified them as 'those studies which perfect and adorn man'. Furthermore, with the rise of Humanism, numerous cultural improvements were made in art, music and literature.

Renaissance art contained realism. People began to use realistic colors and started drawing other...