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We’re visiting the museum to see the exhibit of Renaissance art.
  the period of European history known for a revival of intellectual and artistic achievement (14th through mid-17th centuries)
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Named as an indication of a "rebirth" of certain classical ideas that had long been lost to Europe.  It has been argued that the movement was strongly influenced by the rediscovery of ancient texts that had been forgotten by Western civilization, but were preserved in some monastic libraries and in the Islamic world, and the translations of Greek and Arabic texts into Latin.

Some historians have suggested that the term Renaissance is loaded and are suggesting the term "Early Modern" to replace it — as "Middle Ages" is replacing "Dark Ages" for the period that preceded the Renaissance. See Wikipedia for an interesting discussion.
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  • We’re visiting the museum to see the exhibit of Renaissance art.
  • The Renaissance, the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and the Scientific Revolution were some of the major signposts on Western civilization’s road to modernity.
    Dinesh D’Souza  --  What’s So Great About America
  • She had written reams on the Renaissance and the scientific breakthrough, the new view of nature and Francis Bacon, who had said that knowledge was power.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Renaissance [4] , Renaissance man [8] , Enlightenment [2] , Reformation [6] , Age of Reason [7] , Industrial Revolution [7]
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