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The Renaissance style was a European style, prevalant from the 14th century to early 17th century. Developed first in Florence, the Renaissance style quickly spread to other Italian cities and then later to the rest of Europe where it was met with varying degrees of enthusiasm.
The Renaissance period of design was preceded by the Gothic style of architecture, the influences of which can be clearly distinguished in the Renaissance style. Following the Renaissance, there came the Baroque style.
Many of the Renaissance patterns and stylistic tropes were developed from medieval architectural designs. Stylistically, Renaissance architecture embodied a deliberate revival and development of certain elements of ancient Greek and Roman design.
Importance was placed on symmetry, harmonious proportions and the regularity of parts, which resonated with the ideals of ancient classical architecture. The Renaissance often took inspiration from Roman ruins, excavated in Italy, thus reviving ancient Greek and Roman characteristics and techniques.
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