- Glossary definition: Renaissance, Early
Renaissance, Early
(Italian "rinascimento" - revival)

The scholars and artists of the Renaissance believed they were participating in a rebirth of the ideals and values of the classical Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman eras. Artistic personality and the notion of individual humanity were emerging from a long sleep of anonymity. The symbolic, abstract, and remote imagery of the past was being supplanted by a more tangible reality.