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The Italian Renaissance followed on the heels of the Middle Ages

The Italian Renaissance followed on the heels of the Middle Ages

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The Italian Renaissance followed on the heels of the  Middle Ages , and was spawned by  the birth of the philosophy of humanism, which emphasized the importance of individual  achievement in a wide range of fields. The early humanists, such as writer Francesco  Petrarch, studied the works of the ancient Greeks and Romans for inspiration and  ideology, mixing the philosophies of Plato and other ancient thinkers with the teachings  of the Roman Catholic Church. Under the influence of the humanists, literature and the  arts climbed to new levels of importance.  Though it eventually spread through Europe, the Renaissance began in the great city- states of Italy. Italian merchants and political officials supported and commissioned the  great artists of the day, thus the products of the Renaissance grew up inside their walls. 
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