What were the distinctive characteristics of Renaissance architecture?


What were the distinctive characteristics of Renaissance architecture?

Architecture and the Renaissance:

From the 14th through 17th centuries, Europe was defined by an explosion in arts, mathematics, philosophy, and civics that established the basis of the modern world. We call this the Renaissance, and one of the most revered arts of this period was architecture.

Key Terms

  • Renaissance is a French term that means "rebirth".
  • Architecture is the art and design of spaces such as homes, office buildings and places of worship.
  • The purpose of architecture is to improve upon dwelling spaces for the enhancement of human life.
  • Renaissance architecture was influenced by the movement of humanism.
  • Renaissance architecture reflected classical culture.
  • The movement began in Florence, Italy in the early 15th century.

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The Renaissance was established through a revived fascination in ancient Greece and Rome, and Renaissance scholars saw themselves as picking up the...

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Chapter 11 / Lesson 4

The Renaissance was a period of time in the 14th century when art became centered on the individual and Earthly experiences rather than the mystical or ethereal. Discover how humanism shaped the art of the Renaissance and identify Greek and Roman influences on artists, paintings, sculptures, and architecture.

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