Excerpt from Renaissance Masters: The Art of Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Titian Correggio, Botticelli and Rubens When the Renaissance began we cant tell. Far back in the Dark Ages we can see the spirit stirring, w manifesting itself here, w there, but always sternly repressed by the bigotry of the time. But when at length the human intellect broke its fetters, its advance was extremely rapid. Petrarch was already seventeen years of age when Dante died, yet, while the spirit of Dante is almost entirely medizeval, the spirit of Petrarch is almost en tirely classic. Still, as showing how the two spirits were intermingled, the very groundwork of Petrarch's poetry, is of the Middle Age. One of the peculiarities of the Middle Age was its constant yearning for the unattainable. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.