How Renaissance And The Humanist Movement Reflect The Political, Economic, And Social Developments Of The Period?

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1) How did Renaissance art and the humanist movement reflect the political, economic, and social developments of the period? The Renaissance period was the period that was referred to as the "the rebirth" of Classical culture. During this era, many Italians believed that they observed the rebirth of antiquity or Greco-roman civilization (334). Throughout this time period, the art that came out was similar to the growth that happened in philosophy, literature, music and science. Renaissance art focused more on humans, the accurate portrayal of the natural world as well as the old architecture of the Romans. The Renaissance art was reflected politically because during this time, the cities were ruled by wealthy families. Families such as the Medici family were extremely powerful and influential during this time (335). In their prime days, the Medici family was considered the most influential money lenders and best bank in Europe (335). Economically, during this period Italian merchants were able to expand their trade from the Mediterranean to other areas along the Atlantic seaboard (334). They became in contact with the increasingly powerful Hanseatic League of merchants. When the Italian merchants became hit by the plague, the Hanseatic League of Merchants continue to flourish. Socially, its social structure was inherited from the Middle Ages and was divided into three estates (335). The first structure or group of people were the clergy. They believed that

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