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Age of Discovery

1300 — 1850

Trans-continental travel and the enlightenment

As people groups in both Europe and Asia became proficient in shipbuilding and navigation they started to explore. Slowly this exploration lead to new worlds, new civilizations, new flora and fauna, new animals. This spirit of exploration lead to centuries of inquiry into the unknown.  To organize and make sense of these new ideas scientific thought was born. How do the world and the worlds in the heavens work? How do the winds blow? Are we are or are we not the center of the universe?

To answer these questions you need a new language a language not based on myth, superstition, or even human intuition. What you need is Math and measurement tools that can expose how gravity actually works not how you think it works. Late Renaissance mathematicians like Copernicus used math to prove that the earth was round years before explorers proved it true by actually sailing around it. The age of discovery needed was an age of actually exploring new world but also exploring new ways of describing the universe and the world we live in.  There is a direct link to the age of discovery and our contemporary culture. We are direct descendants of this inquiry and exploration.  Our modern world, its government, its civic life, and its education is built on its principals.

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Italian Renaissance

Cultural rebirth though intellectual inquiry

1350-1500

Ming Dynasty

Orderly government and social stability

1368-1644

Kingdom of Kongo

500 years of spirit objects and power plays

1390-1891

Northern Renaissance

How Humanism beats down Feudalism with the printing press

1420-1650

Spanish Renaissance

Religion and the laws of perspective.

1492-1600

Mughal Art

Power, sophistication, luxury and might.

1500-1800

Mannerism

Tension, distortion and ice-cold style

1520-1600

Baroque

The drama of deep color and shadow

1600-1725

Edo Period

Art, culture, and NO OUTSIDERS

1603-1868

Qing Dynasty

Benevolent emperors and the height of literature and art

1644-1912

Academic Art

Allegory, craft, and the unrelenting dictatorship of the Academy

1661-1900

The Enlightenment

Dare to Know

1685-1815

Western Esoteric Art

The best truth is secret truth

1690-1947

Rococo

Opulent, playful embrace of the ornate — 18th century swag.

1715-1774

Neoclassicism

Classical imagery, democratic ideals, and the bloody hands of change.

1760-1830
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Industrial Revolution
Mass production, the camera, and a return to nature