The Renaissance was so awesome. I mean that in the OED version of “awesome:” terrifying and almost impossible to process in terms of scale, grandeur, and importance; sublime. A quotation from Richard Tarnas’ The Passion of the Western Mind:

The same two decades (1468-88) that saw the Florentine Academy’s Neoplatonic revival at its height during the reign of Lorenzo the Magnificent also saw the births of Copernicus, Luther, Castiglione, Raphael, Durer, Michelangelo, Giorgione, Machiavelli, Cesare Borgia, Zwingli, Pizarro, Magellan, and More.  In the same period … Leonardo began his artistic career with his painting of the angel in Verrocchio’s Baptism of Christ, then his own Adoration of the Magi, Botticelli panted Primavera and the Birth of Venus … Erasmus received his early Humanist education in Holland and Pico della Mirandola composed the manifesto of Renaissance Humanism, the Oration on the Dignity of Man.

Oh, and those ellipses are filled with even more stuff that happened that I just didn’t feel like typing. That was in two decades.

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