Essay on The Role Of Women in the Renaissance

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When one talks about the Renaissance, the most common topic is art and architecture. It is true that the Italian Renaissance was marked by some of the greatest and most prolific masters of painting, sculpture and building. It is also true that the era marked the emergence of a great deal more. It was a time of awakening from the intellectual darkness of the medieval order and the emergence of many of the concepts that would form the basis for civilization as it is known today. The era saw the birth of new attitudes concerning the role of man in his relationship to the world and to God. Unfortunately, for the most part, the expansion of the 'role of man' did not include the role of women. "Renaissance (from the French for …show more content…
Throughout Italy, the social structure "underwent a gradual social and political revolution beginning in the late twelfth century. The rapid growth of the towns was driven by local emigration, as individuals and families moved from the countryside to take advantage of urban economic opportunity. The city of Florence roughly doubled in size during the century. ...the proportions of growth can be traced through the gradual appearance in the course of the century of new neighborhoods and churches" (Lansing 38). In the fifteenth century the intellectual pursuit was turned toward the study of humanism, or the understanding of man's role in culture, politics and religion. There grew a belief in the innate dignity and worth of man as individuals and as separate from the animal in their ability to reason. Out of this new intellectual drive, the sciences grew. Personages such as Leonardo de Vinci and Michelangelo were able to make significant contributions in art and other areas, such as mathematics. "Geometric relations, mathematical proportion, and the mysticism of numbers played an important part in how painters designed their pictures and architects their buildings. They made the underlying structure itself embody central ideas or themes" (Osmond 23). The Renaissance embodied many aspects, including humanism, patronage, political thought, classical scholarship, historiography and religious