Renaissance Humanism : The Renaissance

1209 WordsOct 18, 20155 Pages
Renaissance Humanism The renaissance is by its definition a rebirth of the classical methods of the ancients (Dictionary.) Through the study of the text and the artwork that defined this period we are able to see the transition from a dark, apocalyptic world, to a reinvigorated and bright new era which was dominated by titan of artistry such as Donatello. Because Italy was so well situated in a land that was formally the Roman Empire, and its economic links to lands of heavy Greek influence Renaissance humanism was able to take root and become the leading ideology which drive this remarkable epoch. Renaissance humanism generated a deeper and more all-embracing appreciation of Greco-Roman antiquity, it advanced the recovery and uncensored study of the entire body of Greek and Latin manuscripts and the self-conscience imitation of classical art. Renaissance humanist regarded classical authorities as the basis for a new appraisal of the role of individual in the world order. They found that the Greek and Latin classics were a rational guide to the fulfillment of human potential. Moreover, the Renaissance revival of humanism differed from earlier revivals because it attracted the interest of border base of the population and not a mere handful of theologians, as was the case, for instance, in Carolingian or later medieval times (Fiero.) A manifestation of renaissance humanism is present in the works that the ideology inspired. The promotion of self-glorification and
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