The term Renaissance (" Rebirth"), used in its narrower sense, is meant that new enthusiasm for classical literature, learning, and art which sprang up in Italy towards the close of the Middle Ages. It was a period in European History, that went from the 14th to 17th century. The Renaissance was there to see the exploration of new continents, the decline of the feudal system and the growth of commerce, and the invention or use of these powerful innovations such as paper, printing, the mariner's compass, and gunpowder. This was the time of many amazing artists as well. Such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael. These artists and their art captured the experience of beauty and the mystery of the natural world in its time.