What are some characteristics of Renaissance-era men and women?


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Aristocratic gentlemen and the artists they sponsored were able to take advantage of the Renaissance's new directions in intellectual, political and artistic thought, while Renaissance women were usually passed from their father's household to their husbands as part of an arranged marriage. The Renaissance is popularly perceived as a rebirth of artistic and intellectual pursuits as well as a strong push for individual freedoms. Generally speaking, men enjoyed the political, social, intellectual and artistic freedoms of the Renaissance.

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Feminists argue that women generally did not experience the Renaissance in the same way. For example, their only source of authority was to direct the households of their husbands. Gender-differentiated rights and responsibilities varied according to social class and geographic location, but generally, Renaissance societies were organized under strongly patriarchal, male-dominated forms of authority and governance.

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