The Renaissance PeriodÂ was an era of tremendous growth and change. ItÂ evolved afterÂ the world of theÂ Medieval "dark ages." ItÂ was a time forÂ cultural and intellectual revolution.Â Â Â
The term 'renaissance' is a French word meaning rebirth. The Renaissance was a time of massive upheaval especially in terms of culture, an era of change as well as growth. It was a time of exploration and adventure when sailorsÂ like Columbus went on long sea voyages in search of trade routes to the East. Religion faced its own revolution as the Reformation spread.
The Renaissance Period (1450-1600) was a time of great intellectual and creative achievers like the artists, composers, writers, among others. An example was Leonardo da Vinci, an extraordinary man who contributed to various areas - he was a great painter, sculptor, architect, inventor, and more. Â People felt that up until this time, the world had lived in the confines of the medieval 'dark ages.' The Renaissance was now the time for a new beginning. The Church was no longer the main source of knowledge. The invention of printing, around 1450, helped the spread of the new learning and more knowledge. Â Â