Raphael contributed to the Renaissance through the paintings, frescoes and architecture he created and designed throughout his career. He is considered one of the greatest artists of the period, along with Michelangelo a... More »

In 1510 and 1511, Rafael painted the School of Athens in order to depict philosophy as one of the four branches of knowledge in a series of frescoes on the walls of the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City. Pope Julius II co... More »

While Raphael Sanzio is remembered alongside Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo for his artwork, he died significantly younger than either of the other two greats, at age 37. In his early paintings, he imitated his paint... More »

The commonly accepted dates for the Renaissance are the 14th through the 17th centuries. It is not uncommon, however, for historians to cite much earlier dates as the start of the Renaissance. More »

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The historical and cultural period that follows the Renaissance is known as the Enlightenment. This period lasts from the middle decades of the 17th century through the 18th century. More »

The end of the Renaissance was caused primarily by the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, which set off violent conflict throughout Europe and eliminated much of the funding for art. Printing, the discovery of the ... More »

The Renaissance is defined as an intellectual movement that originated in Italy during the end of the Middle Ages, explains "Mediæval and Modern History." It served as a rebirth of enthusiasm in art, literature and learn... More »