Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A new birth; hence, the revival of anything which has long been in decay or desuetude. Specifically [capitalized], the movement of transition in Europe from the medieval to the modern world, and especially the time, spirit, and activity of the revival of classical arts and letters. The earliest traces and most characteristic development of this revival were in Italy, where Petrarch and the early humanists and artists of the fourteenth century may be regarded as its precursors. The movement was greatly stimulated by the influx of Byzantine scholars, who brought the literature of ancient Greece into Italy in the fifteenth century, especially after the taking of Constantinople by the Turks in 1453. The Italian Renaissance was at its height at the end of the fifteenth and in the early sixteenth century, as seen in the lives and works of such men as Lorenzo dei Medici, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Machiavelli, Politian, Ariosto, Correggio, Titian, and Aldus Manutius. The Renaissance was aided everywhere by the spirit of discovery and exploration of the fifteenth century—the age which saw the invention of printing, the discovery of America, and the rounding of Africa. In Germany the Renaissance advanced about the same time with the Reformation (which commenced in 1517). In England the revival of learning was fostered by Erasmus, Colet, Grocyn, More, and their fellows, about 1500, and in France there was a brilliant artistic and literary development under Louis XII. (1498–1515) and Francis I. (1515–47). Also, in English form, renascence.
- Of or pertaining to the Renaissance; in the style of the Renaissance.
- n. The 14th century revival of classical art, architecture, literature and learning that originated in Italy and spread throughout Europe over the following two centuries.
- n. The period of this revival; the transition from medieval to modern times.
- n. Any similar artistic or intellectual revival.
- adj. Of, or relating to the Renaissance.
- adj. Of, or relating to the style of art or architecture of the Renaissance.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The transitional movement in Europe, marked by the revival of classical learning and art in Italy in the 15th century, and the similar revival following in other countries.
- n. The style of art which prevailed at this epoch.
- n. the revival of learning and culture
- n. the period of European history at the close of the Middle Ages and the rise of the modern world; a cultural rebirth from the 14th through the middle of the 17th centuries
“In any case, the word Renaissance was not used in England or, indeed, anywhere for another three hundred years.”
“_ -- The term Renaissance is also applied to one of the early styles which came into vogue at this time.”
“By the term Renaissance, or new birth, is indicated a natural movement, not to be explained by this or that characteristic, but to be accepted as an effort of humanity for which at length the time had come, and in the onward progress of which we still participate.”
“The British publisher Weidenfeld & Nicolson engaged him to write a volume on the Florentine Renaissance for its Everyman Art Library, published in the United States in 1997 under the title "Renaissance Florence: The Invention of a New Art.”
“Renaissance translates as "rebirth," meaning that this was a Golden Age of artistic, cultural, and intellectual thought and production.”
“Another name that reeks of corruption in the Renaissance is the deâ Medici family.”
“At last the change came: it came in that double revolution which we call the Renaissance and the Reformation.”
“And this brings us to the question: What was Giorgione's relation to that great awakening of the human spirit which we call the Renaissance?”
“In the fourteenth the foundations of what we call the Renaissance are already being laid, and we have hardly passed the middle of the fifteenth before the MS. has received its death-blow in the publication of the first printed Bible.”
“When the fury of the religious wars followed upon that tidal wave of dilettantism and sensuality which swept over Europe from the south to the north, and which we call the Renaissance, and when Huguenots and Leaguers gave such frequent dressings of blood to the vineyards of Périgord, every house and church that was in any way fortified was used as a stronghold in the event of sudden attack.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘Renaissance’.
Names of progressive / art / psychedelic / baroque rock bands. Non-Anglo-Saxon bands of supernational fame are also listed as long as their name is English.
Age of Metternich, Black Legend, Cult of the Supre..., The Civilizing Mi..., The Eastern Question, The Great Patriot..., Absolutism, Act of Supremacy, Active Citizen, Americanization, Anarchism, Annex and 302 more...
Words that will help you understand History in Year 7 much, much better!
GRE Words and their usage
Looking for tweets for Renaissance.