The Renaissance and the Reformation
In the west, the Modern Age began at the end of the 15th century and continued until the end of the 18th century. Europe emerged from the crisis of the Middle Ages with new ways of thinking (humanism) and innovative ideas about art. Scientists began to observe nature and use reason to understand the world. Humanism focused on human values and looked back to the classical cultures of Greece and Rome. On the following resources, you can get information about this relevant changes.
During this period, people began to criticise the corruption and abuses of the Catholic Church. This unrest led to a reform movement known as the Protestant Reformation. Christianity in Europe became divided between Catholics and Protestants.
When artists abandoned the Gothic style in favour of models from classical antiquity, the period of Renaissance art had begun. Renaissance art originated in Italy. It can be divided into two periods: the Quattrocento, which developed in Florence in the 15th century, and the Cinquecento, which originated in Rome in the 16th century.
The following resource provides you a whole view of Renaissance through the life of Michelangelo, one of the greatest artists of History.