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Part 4 of 4: The Renaissance an Auxiliary of Christianity
But it was in Rome, about all other places, that Catholic leaders guided the intellectual movement in the right direction, making the Renaissance an auxiliary of Christianity. The names of Pius II, Nicholas V, Julius II, and Leo X summarize the history of the most powerful patronage accorded to literature, art, and science in the history of our race. These pontiffs were surrounded by the most glorious phalanx of artists with the peerless Bramante, the world-renowned Michelangelo, and the divine Raphael at their head. These names recall the Dome of St. Peter's, the Sistine Chapel, the Stanze and the Loggie of the Vatican, productions unsurpassed in the history of art. The Popes of the Renaissance kept Christianity abreast of the enlightenment of their age, and placed on the brow of the Church a new tiara, a threefold crown of science, art, and poetry, whose lustre is not likely to fade.
KURTH, trans. DAY, The Church at the Turning Points of History; IDEM. Les Origines de la Civilisation Moderne, Manuel d'Histoire Universelle.
Part 1: The Term Renaissance
Part 2: The Leading Characteristic of the Renaissance
Part 3: Catholic Church's Stand
Part 4: The Renaissance an Auxiliary of Christianity
The Catholic Encyclopedia: an International Work of Reference on the Constitution, Doctrine, Discipline, and History of the Catholic Church, Volume XVII - Supplement I. New York: The Encyclopedia Press, Inc., 1922.
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