The Renaissance sparked a large period of growth in many cities and a large focus on the arts
Merchants became very wealthy from lots of long distance trade, then these merchants would sponsor some artists which allowed more people to become artists and slowly focused society around many architectures, artists, and inventors.
There was a huge flow of new ideas and inventions that changed society, for example invention of the printing press influenced the spread of information.
Durer was a famous german artist that made woodcuts and engravings
Durer also had a very strong passion for drawing animals.
Young Hare by Albrecht Durer
Hans Holbein was one of the most famous portrait painters during the 1500's
Holbein worked for many famous people such as King Henry VII and Anne Boleyn
Van Eyck was a netherlandish painter became very skilled with oil painting
Eyck specialized in painting many religious based paintings and portraits.
The Ghent Altarpiece by Van Eyck
Bruegel was a famous dutch painter that was known for painting landscapes and peasants
Unlike many other painter in his time he had no interest in any religious works and stuck to representations of daily life
A peasant's wedding
Erasmus was a famous writer and christian humanist
Erasmus wrote books in a satire fashion that made fun of greedy merchants, lovers, scholars and priests
Thomas More was a writer the invented the idea of utopia and spawned many new ideas
More wrote his works in latin and from the large popularity many translated his writings to several different languages
Christine de Pizan
Christine de Pizan was a highly educated women, which was very unheard of for the time
With her education she became one of the first female writers to make a living
She was also one of the first Europeans to question the unfair varied treatment between genders