The Humanism Of The Renaissance

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The Renaissance wasn’t a place, even though it was born in Italy, it was a state of mind, or rather change of mind. The Renaissance grew from those who survived the Dark Ages and Black Death when people thought fate ruled life and there was little hope for change. The people wanted new reasons to live. The intellectuals of the Byzantine Empire left for Italy, a long time trading partner, and brought with them ancient classical texts that Europeans thought were gone forever. The foreign influx with their treasures caused a clash that created a rebirth, a renewed interest in the old. Without the printing press, the Renaissance wouldn’t have transformed the world in such a dramatic way. Print made ancient manuscripts official. Print changed how…show more content…
Renaissance humanism arose in northern Italy during the 1300s and lasted to about 1600s, but we can still see evidence of it today. Renaissance humanism was a new way of thinking and learning and was the backbone of the Renaissance. The main centres for renaissance humanism was Florence and Neapel in Italy. This was a time when artists and writers rejected the restrictions of the Middle Ages. Renaissance humanism emphasized common sense, tolerance and personal responsibility. The Italian scholar, Petrarch is considered the first humanist. He revitalised interests in the classical thoughts of the Greeks and Romans. Petrarch studied and imitated the work of many of the great classic writers and was influential in the spread of humanism. Some of the other influential writer/humanists of the Renaissance was Niccolo Machiavelli was an Italian writer and humanist. He wrote “The Prince” exposing the political conspiracy of the time. The Italian writer, poet and humanist, Giovanni Boccaccio corresponded with Petrarch and wrote several notable books. Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni expressed his poetry in sculptures, paintings and architecture before taking literary form in his later years. Leonardo Da Vinci was a creative force and a polymath. He’s considered one of the greatest minds in the world. His work is immortal (Editors,…show more content…
Letter writing was one of the most favoured and versatile literary genres of the Renaissance with both private and political affairs, scholarly and philosophical enquiry printed by hand. Renaissance humanism also gave birth to the essay, a form of writing still used today, the perfection of what a well-written and well-structured piece of writing should look like. From the art of public speaking to letter writing, knowing how to express oneself was paramount to humanists. The Renaissance was a period of secularism, of questioning the bible and the teachings of religion. This was a period when Europe began to open up to new perspectives and question the old ways. Renaissance humanism was the midpoint between medieval supernaturalism and the modern scientific and critical attitude. This is the period when the seed of modernism was sown. People in this time lived between two worlds, faith and reason. Dantes world view achieved prominent visibility at the same time as Copernicus views made their way into print. Nonsense and truth side by side in the printing world right from the start. Scientific data collection was born with printing. Copernicus compared the ideas and data of Ptolemy, Artistotle and others and noted their errors and inconsistencies and published “De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium.” Without the printing press, Nicolas Copernicus manuscript might have been

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