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The Renaissance (French for "rebirth"; , from ri- "again" and nascere "be born") was a [cultural movement] that spanned roughly the 14th to the 17th century, beginning in [Florence] in the [Late Middle Ages] and later spreading to the rest of [Europe] . The term is also used more loosely to refer to the historic [era] , but since the changes of the Renaissance were not uniform across Europe, this is a general use of the term. As a cultural movement, it encompassed a resurgence of learning based on [classical] sources, the development of linear [perspective] in painting, and gradual but widespread [educational] reform. Traditionally, this intellectual transformation has resulted in the Renaissance being viewed as a bridge between the [Middle Ages] and the [Modern era] . Although the Renaissance saw revolutions in many [intellectual] pursuits, as well as social and political upheaval, it is perhaps best known for its [art] istic developments and the contributions of such [polymath] s as [Leonardo da Vinci] and [Michelangelo] , who inspired the term " [Renaissance man] ".

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