Renaissance was a cultural movement. The movement spanned the 14th century and the 17th century. The Renaissance movement first started in Florence in late middle ages and moved to other part like the Europe. Renaissance included several things like painting and education reform. Most people consider Renaissance as a bridge between the middle ages and the modern period. Renaissance resulted to revolutions in many areas. For example, it saw reforms in social political areas. Renaissance is known for its artistic development (Noble 2008).
The European rulers used Renaissance art and culture in different ways. The education reforms of the human reforms and the innovation of art between 1300 and 1550 gave ruler and popes a chance to use culture to define their powers. It also gave rulers and popes an opportunity to celebrate their authority. Various things like art, literature and politics resulted from Renaissance Italian courts. For instance, rulers used Renaissance art and culture in politics .Most European leaders used Renaissance culture and art to justify their political powers. This made it easy for the leaders to become rulers and also overthrow other states. They also used the Renaissance art and culture in governments. The use of Renaissance culture and art in politics was evidenced in courts. The political leaders in the courts employed Renaissance culture and art in their activities in the court.
For instance, the courts employed artists and humanists who were motivated by classical civilizations. Most people employed in the court imitated values and styles that were developed in the courts of northern Europe like the court of burgundy. Attendance in the courts was important in Europe. Most rulers in Europe used the attendance at the courts to get revenue and influence other people. Most kings and leaders from great territories were in interested in recruiting people to work in their courts .They viewed this as a away to influence their powers and control them. Court in Europe was considered signs and images that could be manipulate easily so as to achieve their political objectives. The Renaissance culture in Europe was supposed to reflect the reputation of the leaders. During political occasions and personal ceremonies, the leaders organized tournaments that focused on themes drawn from their myths (Noble 2008).
During, the late 14th century and 15th century, there was tremendous growth in the political power and burecratic power of European leaders due to Renaissance culture and art. The European leaders used the courts to create a unified culture in their territories. For instance, the leaders manipulated the Renaissance culture in the court of Mantua so as to achieve their political goals. In the court of Mantua, the leaders used the Renaissance culture and art to increase their political powers and the size of their territories. For instance, the Gonzagas had to use Renaissance culture and art to improve their political powers. At first, the Gonzagas faced problems from the ruling families in northern Italy. The Gonzagas had to build a territory that would not be affected by the enemies. Also, they had to gain recognition of their rights so as to overcome the problems. The Gonzagas used culture and art to get power. Hence, the Renaissance culture and art played an important role in enhancing political powers of the leaders in Europe (Noble, Strauss, &Osheim 2010).
Noble, T.F., Strauss, B., &Osheim,D.Western Civilization: Beyond Boundaries: Volume A: To 1500.Cengage Learning, 2010
Noble, T.F.Western Civilization: Beyond Boundaries.Cengage Learning, 2008