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The Renaissance (UK: rin-AY-sənss, US: (listen) REN-ə-sahnss) is a period in European history marking the transition from the Middle Ages to modernity and covering the 15th and 16th centuries, characterized by an effort to revive and surpass ideas and achievements of classical antiquity. It occurred after the Crisis of the Late Middle Ages and was associated with great social change. In addition to the standard periodization, proponents of a "long Renaissance" may put its beginning in the 14th century and its end in the 17th century.The traditional view focuses more on the early modern aspects of the Renaissance and argues that it was a break from the past, but many historians today focus more on its medieval aspects and argue that it was an extension of the Middle Ages. However, the beginnings of the period – the early Renaissance of the 15th century and the Italian Proto-Renaissance from around 1250 or 1300 – overlap considerably with the Late Middle Ages, conventionally dated to c. 1250–1500, and the Middle Ages themselves were a long period filled with gradual changes, like the modern age; and as a transitional period between both, the Renaissance has close similarities to both, especially the late and early sub-periods of either.The intellectual basis of the Renaissance was its version of humanism, derived from the concept of Roman humanitas and the rediscovery of classical Greek philosophy, such as that of Protagoras, who said that "man is the measure of all things". This new thinking became manifest in art, architecture, politics, science and literature. Early examples were the development of perspective in oil painting and the revived knowledge of how to make concrete. Although the invention of metal movable type sped the dissemination of ideas from the later 15th century, the changes of the Renaissance were not uniform across Europe: the first traces appear in Italy as early as the late 13th century, in particular with the writings of Dante and the paintings of Giotto.

As a cultural movement, the Renaissance encompassed innovative flowering of Latin and vernacular literatures, beginning with the 14th-century resurgence of learning based on classical sources, which contemporaries credited to Petrarch; the development of linear perspective and other techniques of rendering a more natural reality in painting; and gradual but widespread educational reform. In politics, the Renaissance contributed to the development of the customs and conventions of diplomacy, and in science to an increased reliance on observation and inductive reasoning. Although the Renaissance saw revolutions in many intellectual and social scientific pursuits, as well as the introduction of modern banking and the field of accounting, it is perhaps best known for its artistic developments and the contributions of such polymaths as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, who inspired the term "Renaissance man".The Renaissance began in the Republic of Florence, one of the many states of Italy. Various theories have been proposed to account for its origins and characteristics, focusing on a variety of factors including the social and civic peculiarities of Florence at the time: its political structure, the patronage of its dominant family, the Medici, and the migration of Greek scholars and their texts to Italy following the Fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks. Other major centers were northern Italian city-states such as Venice, Genoa, Milan, Bologna, and Rome during the Renaissance Papacy. From Italy, the Renaissance spread throughout Europe in Flanders, France, the British isles, Spain, Portugal, Germany and elsewhere.

The Renaissance has a long and complex historiography, and, in line with general scepticism of discrete periodizations, there has been much debate among historians reacting to the 19th-century glorification of the "Renaissance" and individual cultural heroes as "Renaissance men", questioning the usefulness of Renaissance as a term and as a historical delineation. Some observers have called into question whether the Renaissance was a cultural "advance" from the Middle Ages, instead seeing it as a period of pessimism and nostalgia for classical antiquity, while social and economic historians, especially of the longue durée, have instead focused on the continuity between the two eras, which are linked, as Panofsky observed, "by a thousand ties".The term rinascita ('rebirth') first appeared in Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Artists (c. 1550), anglicized as the Renaissance in the 1830s. The word has also been extended to other historical and cultural movements, such as the Carolingian Renaissance (8th and 9th centuries), Ottonian Renaissance (10th and 11th century), and the Renaissance of the 12th century.

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July 1, 2022

Beyoncé Poses to ‘Break My Soul’ in Dynamic ‘Vogue’ Cover Shoot Behind-the-Scenes Clip

"Break My Soul" is the first single from Bey’s upcoming album, Renaissance.

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June 30, 2022

Beyoncé Unveils ‘Renaissance’ Cover & Her Intention for the New Album | Billboard News

In a Instagram post, the 40-year-old superstar unveiled the whimsical cover art for what’s certainly one of the most highly anticipated albums of all time

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June 30, 2022

Here Are All of Beyonce’s Studio Album Covers

When Beyoncé is gearing up to release new music, stunning visuals are practically guaranteed. So as the “Break My Soul” singer prepares to unleash Renaissance, her seventh studio album, she’s already getting started on the art front by rolling out the eye-popping artwork on June 30, a month ahead of the set’s release date. Featuring […]

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June 30, 2022

Beyoncé Unveils ‘Renaissance’ Cover & Reveals Her Intention for the New Album

"Creating this album allowed me a place to dream and to find escape during a scary time for the world," she shared.

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June 30, 2022

Beyoncé Reveals 'Renaissance' Cover Art, Shares 'Intention' Behind New Album

With just one more month to go until its release, Beyoncé has shared the mission statement and cover art for her new album, 'Renaissance​​​​​​​.'

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June 30, 2022

Beyoncé Reveals Artwork for New Album Renaissance

“I hope you find joy in this music. I hope it inspires you to release the wiggle. Ha!”

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June 24, 2022

Beyoncé’s Style Evolution: See Photos

From her Destiny's Child days to her "Renaissance" era, check out the two-decade-plus evolution of Beyoncé's iconic style.

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June 21, 2022

Michelle Obama Is Already Dancing to ‘Break My Soul’: ‘Queen Beyonce, You’ve Done It Again!’

The former first lady is just as excited for 'Renaissance' as the BeyHive is.

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June 21, 2022

Five Reasons Why Beyonce’s Return to a Traditional Rollout Makes Sense For ‘Renaissance’

We look at five potential explanations for the iconic artist's return to a more extended album rollout, after setting the industry standard for surprise releases in the '10s.

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June 21, 2022

Beyoncé Liberates the Dancefloor on “Break My Soul”

The track channels the vocal house sound of the ’90s and is the first taste of Beyoncé’s forthcoming album, Renaissance.

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June 21, 2022

Listen to Beyoncé’s New Song “Break My Soul”

The first preview from her new album Renaissance

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June 20, 2022

Beyoncé’s ‘Renaissance’ Begins Tonight With New Song ‘Break My Soul’

First offering from the musician's long-awaited Lemonade follow-up arrives at midnight

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June 20, 2022

Beyoncé Releasing New Song “Break My Soul” Tonight

The musician’s highly anticipated new album Renaissance is out July 29

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June 16, 2022

Beyoncé Teases New Album ‘Renaissance’ Release | Billboard News

Apple Music’s pre-add function reveals the new project will consist of 16 tracks.

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June 16, 2022

Everything We Know About Beyonce’s ‘Renaissance’ So Far

The singer unveiled the first details regarding her seventh album on June 16, much to the surprise of her fans.

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June 16, 2022

Beyhive Is Buzzing After Beyonce’s New Album Announcement: ‘It Is Going to Be a Rebirth of Music’

With the announcement of 'Renaissance,' fans are reveling over the upcoming release. See the best reactions.

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June 16, 2022

Beyonce Is Your Disco Space Queen in Vogue Shoot Teasing ‘Renaissance’ Album

The singer's first proper solo album in six years is due out next month.

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June 16, 2022

Beyoncé Fans Celebrate Announcement of New ‘Renaissance’ Project

The world cracked wide open overnight with the formal announcement of Beyoncé's return, marking her first solo studio release since 'Lemonade.'

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June 16, 2022

Beyoncé Announces Seventh Album, ‘Renaissance’

After a week of teasing fans, singer surprise-releases first official LP since 2016's Lemonade

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June 16, 2022

Beyonce Teases ‘Renaissance’ Release

Apple Music's pre-add function reveals the new project will consist of 16 tracks.

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June 16, 2022

Beyoncé’s New Album Renaissance Out Next Month

Her first solo album since 2016 looks set for July 29. No, you calm down.

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June 16, 2022

Beyoncé Announces Release Date for New 16-Song Album 'Renaissance'

Beyoncé is set to release her first full-length solo project in seven years, with 'Renaissance' coming this summer. It will include 16 songs.

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June 9, 2022

Gorgon City place tech-house spin on Mephisto’s 1992 classic, ‘State Of Mind’

Famed British imprint Renaissance Recordings has enlisted one of the most in-demand duos in house music for a reimagining that’s part of their distinguished ReMix collection series. Taking hold of Mephisto’s 1992 single “State Of Mind,” Gorgon City have seized the opportunity to do justice to the classic and rise it with a darker twist.... Read More ▸ The post Gorgon City place tech-house spin on Mephisto’s 1992 classic, ‘State Of Mind’ appeared first on Dancing Astronaut.

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March 29, 2022

SZNZ: Spring

Rivers Cuomo toys with Renaissance Faire shtick on the first of four planned EPs inspired by Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.

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January 11, 2022

Destroyer Returns With the Menacing “Tintoretto, It’s for You”

Named after the Italian Renaissance painter, the first single from the Canadian songwriter’s forthcoming album is a menacing, self-referential collage.

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November 30, 2021

The Psychedelic Renaissance Is Ushering In a New Genre Of Electronic Music — And With It, New Revenue Streams

"With ketamine clinics and psilocybin therapists and more places starting to come online, people are beginning to realize that the music part in all of this is actually really important."

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November 17, 2021

Bad Contracts Are a Music Industry Standard. Why Haven’t They Evolved?

Rolling Stone recently reported on the exploitative terms contained in the contract Summer Walker signed with her label/management company Love Renaissance

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November 9, 2021

Devonté Hynes Shares New Song “Passing”: Listen

From his score to the Netflix adaptation of Nella Larson’s Harlem Renaissance drama

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Live at Fillmore West 1970

April 8, 2022

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A Symphonic Journey

September 14, 2018

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Live at the Union Chapel

February 8, 2016

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Academy of Music 1974 (Live)

March 31, 2015

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Delane Lea Studios 1973

February 3, 2015

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Symphony of Light

April 15, 2014

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Tour 2011: Live in Concert

January 1, 2011

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British Tour '76

January 1, 2006

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Live at the BBC - Sight & Sound

December 14, 1999

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Tales of 1001 Nights, Vol. 1

March 27, 1990

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Tales of 1001 Nights, Vol. 2

March 26, 1990

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Time-Line

January 1, 1983

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Camera Camera

January 1, 1981

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Azure d'Or

June 15, 1979

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A Song for All Seasons

November 6, 1978

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A Song For All Seasons (Remastered & Expanded Edition)

November 6, 1978

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Novella

January 1, 1977

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Novella (Remastered & Expanded Edition)

January 1, 1977

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Live at Carnegie Hall

August 26, 1976

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Scheherazade and Other Stories

January 1, 1975

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Turn of the Cards

November 18, 1974

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Turn of the Cards (Expanded & Remastered)

April 30, 1974

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Ashes Are Burning

January 1, 1973

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Prologue

January 1, 1972

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Illusion

January 1, 1971

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Renaissance

January 1, 1969

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