The Global Context: The 15th Century
One of the things that has long interested art historians is the existence of periods of fluorescence in the arts at certain times and places. Why was a lot of art produced during these times, with so much of it of very high quality? Did many talented persons just happen to be born at such times? Which of the socio/cultural functions discussed above were present to encourage artistic activity and high quality? Only comparisons of very different societies can give clues to this phenomenon.
It is not possible to describe completely any segment of human history. One can use various devices to set some part off and treat it as an entity. One can take such a segment and give it a name, a label, and describe it in some way that seems to make sense. That's what the