By Noah and Kara
Immediately following The Middle Ages, a period of rebirth and revival of learning occurred, known as The Renaissance. Renaissance literally means rebirth and this is evident in the recovery of Greek and Roman culture and the people's desire to reproduce it.
How are the legacies of the renaissance still present today?
The most important contribution to the cause of The Renaissance was the economic condition. The decline of feudalism and growth of commerce gave people more power and control over what to purchase and receive. Cities and towns were full of wealth and creativity, and everything had a price.
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Legacies of the renaissance in today's society
Architecture is present in the use of domes, round arches, and columns. Today you can see that in many local buildings, including St. Ann's Catholic Parish.
Leonardo da Vinci was a Florentine artist, painter, sculptor, and architect. His most famous works are The Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, which are both commonly known and recognized.
Filippo Brunelleschi discovered the rules for linear perspective, a mathematical system for representing 3D space on a flat object. Linear perspective is still used by art students and all forms of artists, from painters to animators.
Italic script was developed during the time of The Renaissance. It is the slanted, slightly-cursive script which evolved into what we know today as Italic or Italicizing text. It is also one of the first scripts learned by novice calligraphers.
Shakespeare is probably one of the most famous writers in history. His most popular works being Hamlet, The Life and Death of Julius Caesar, and of course, Romeo and Juliet. Many of his plot lines are seen in today's culture, especially the concept of star-crossed lovers. You see that relationship in popular works such as West Side Story, The Hunger Games, and Twilight.