A Time of Rebirth

By Betty Boyd


One of the most intriguing periods in history is The Renaissance. The term means “rebirth” and it is the development of Western civilization that marked a transition from medieval to modern times.  It profoundly affected Europe specifically in Italy in the 14th century.  According to Wikipedia the Renaissance, “Beginning in Italy, and spreading to the rest of Europe by the 16th century, its influence was felt in literature, philosophy, art, music, politics, science, religion, and other aspects of intellectual inquiry”.

There were many great achievements during the Renaissance in science, art and music.  In science, Nicolaus Copernicus, a Polish astronomer, who was responsible for the formulation of a model of the universe that placed the Sun rather than the Earth at the center. Galileo, an Italian scientist and scholar who is responsible for modern day physics and astronomy.

The most famous artists during the Renaissance were Michelangelo and Leonardo DaVinci. Michelangelo, an Italian sculptor, is famous for his sculptor of the Pieta and fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Leonardo DaVinci, another Italian painter is most famous for the Mona Lisa, and The Last Supper.

I can relate to this period in history, because I too have gone through various renaissance periods in my life. I have never been a prolific painter, or even in my writing. I find that change or rebirth at different times in my life have helped me to be more centered and to grow as a person.

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