The Renaissance is often said to be the start of the "modern age". During the Renaissance, there were many famous artists , many writers and many philosophers.
Many people studied mathematics and different sciences. A person who is clever at a great number of things is sometimes called a " Renaissance man ". Leonardo da Vinci , who was a painter, a scientist , a musician and a philosopher, is the most famous Renaissance Man. The Renaissance started in Italy but soon spread across the whole of Europe.
In Italy, the time is divided into three periods:. Following the Mannerist period was the Baroque period which also spread across Europe from about Outside Italy, it can be hard to tell where the Renaissance period ends and Baroque begins. In the Middle Ages, most artistic, legal, and historical production took place in and around books, which were produced in and belonged to monasteries, churches , universities , and the individuals who could afford them.
Books were produced entirely by hand, which is why they were called manuscripts; illuminated manuscripts refer to those with hand-colored, drawn, and gilded pictures. Most books at that time were written in Latin , Greek, and Roman which was used in the Catholic Church.
Only priests and well-educated people read Latin then. People were forbidden by law from translating the Bible into Italian, English , German, French, or other "local" languages. Around the first printed books were made in Europe. Nevertheless, the term Renaissance remains a widely recognized label for the multifaceted period between the heyday of medieval universalism , as embodied in the papacy and Holy Roman Empire , and the convulsions and sweeping transformations of the 17th century.
In addition to Classical scholarship, the systematic investigation of the physical world, and commercial enterprise based on private capital, other important innovations of the Middle Ages that came into their own in the period included the revival of urban life, banking, the formation of states, and vernacular literatures. In religious life, the Renaissance was a time of the broadening and institutionalizing of earlier initiatives in lay piety and lay-sponsored clerical reforms, rather than the abandonment of traditional beliefs.
In government, city-states and regional and national principalities supplanted the fading hegemony of the empire and the papacy and obliterated many of the local feudal jurisdictions that had covered Europe, although within states power continued to be monopolized by elites drawing their strength from both landed and mercantile wealth. For all but exceptional individuals and a few marginal groups, the standards of behaviour continued to arise from traditional social and moral codes.
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Both were present when singer Annie Haslam successfully auditioned in January  to replace the departing Cullom who would later marry drummer Terry Slade and retire from the music scene.
While McCarty would go on to write songs for the new band, Relf's involvement would be short-lived. Dunford soon emerged as a prolific composer , and continued the writing partnership with Thatcher, who would go on to write most of the lyrics for the band's s albums. Sometime in , new manager Miles Copeland III decided to re-organize the band, focusing on what he felt were Renaissance's strong points — Haslam's voice and Tout's piano.
Will Romano in Mountains Come Out of the Sky explained that "unlike many of the artists to which they were compared Renaissance allowed the piano and female voice to come to the forefront". Crowe and Korner went, the former not replaced, the latter replaced by a succession of bass players, including John Wetton later of King Crimson , U. It was also decided that Dunford would now concentrate on composing, and a new guitar player, Mick Parsons, was brought in for live work.
In , shortly before recording sessions for the new band's debut LP, drummer Terence Sullivan joined after Slade's initial replacement, Ginger Dixon,  was deemed unsuitable following a European tour. Parsons died in a car accident and was replaced at short notice by Rob Hendry. Prologue' s music was, except for two songs by McCarty, composed by Dunford, with all lyrics by Thatcher-Newsinger.
Hendry was replaced for the Prologue tour by Peter Finberg, but Finberg was already committed to another band and so could not be a permanent replacement.
Though the band were trying to transition to a more acoustic sound, Andy Powell , of the group Wishbone Ash yet another group managed by Copeland , was brought in for an electric guitar solo on the final track "Ashes are Burning",  which became the band's anthem piece, extended to almost twenty minutes with a long bass solo and other instrumental workouts.
The album became the band's first to chart in the US, where it reached No. The band played their first US concerts during this period,  enjoying success on the East Coast in particular, which soon resulted in a special orchestral concert at New York's Academy of Music in May Soon Renaissance would choose to concentrate on the US market, as the UK press virtually ignored them.
The label's first release was Turn of the Cards in With a larger budget, the album went from folk-flavoured to a more dark, lush, orchestral rock sound. One of the album's songs, "Things I Don't Understand", which clocked in at , was Jim McCarty's last co-writing credit with the group although it was actually in the band's live repertoire for years.
A lengthy tribute to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn , called " Mother Russia ", closed out the album, with lyrics inspired by his autobiographical novel, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. It remained in the Billboard for 21 weeks. Although Renaissance's fan base was relatively small, its following was heavily concentrated in the large cities of the northeast US. The album was eventually released in the UK in March It was soon followed by Scheherazade and Other Stories , released on both sides of the Atlantic in September The album, whose second side was taken up with the epic tone-poem "Song of Scheherazade" based on stories from One Thousand and One Nights , peaked at No.
A double live album, Live at Carnegie Hall , followed in Despite criticisms that much of the album was little more than a note for note reproduction of highlights from their previous four studio albums,  the album reached No.
While introducing the song "Ashes Are Burning", Haslam refers to it as the title track from the group's second album, rather than their fourth, suggesting that the Haslam-led lineup by this point considered themselves a distinct band from Keith Relf's incarnation of the group. This point is further underscored by the band's including an album discography in the gatefold of LP copies of Live at Carnegie Hall , which lists only the four albums from Prologue forward.
Renaissance was at an all-time popularity high, finding themselves playing to sold-out audiences Although commercial success was limited during this period, Renaissance scored a hit single in Britain with " Northern Lights ", which reached No. The band performed on a modestly successful tour of the US east of the Mississippi and drew significant crowds in State College , Pennsylvania and Cleveland in May and June , promoting both A Song for All Seasons and a mix of old and new tracks.
Renaissance floundered following 's Azure d'Or , as many fans could not relate to a largely synthesizer -oriented sound. In the s, Renaissance defined their work with folk rock and classical fusions.At Renaissance, you can fulfill all your fitness goals while having fun. Whether you want to get pumped up lifting weights or find your inner peace doing yoga, our sunlit, state-of-the-art Fitness Center has everything you need to make your fitness routine fun and rewarding.