"The Renaissance Scholars"

The Renaissance is the name given to a cultural movement which existed in Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries. It is characterised by a revival of interest in learning derived from classical (Ancient Greek and Roman) sources.

Thought to be a self-portrait by Leonardo da Vinci (1510-1515)
Public DomainThought to be a self-portrait by Leonardo da Vinci (1510-1515) - Credit: attributed to Leonardo da Vinci
Portrait of Erasmus by Holbein the Younger (1523)
Public DomainPortrait of Erasmus by Holbein the Younger (1523) - Credit: Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543)

Important Renaissance figures include the Dutch theologian Erasmus (1466/69-1536); the Italian artist and scientist Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1536), and the English philosopher Francis Bacon (1561-1626).

Sir Francis Bacon (c.1610) by van Somer
Public DomainSir Francis Bacon (c.1610) by van Somer - Credit: Paul van Somer (c.1577-1621)