The Renaissance

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  • meaning rebirth - is the name given to the changes which started in the cities of Northern Italy during the 14th century and spread throughout Europe over the next two hundred years
  • close study of classical texts
  • interest in how the human body worked based on direct observation and dissection
  • science began to oust superstition from medicine
  • Renaissance Man - idea that a well educated person should be proficient in science and art
  • artists attended dissections of human corpses and wrote on scientific subjects using illustrations
  • return of Greek texts renewed faith in the Four Humours

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