The Renaissance was a time period of rebirth. During this time, there was the rebirth of learning, which lead to a lot of new discoveries. Classical learning and history about ancient Greece and Rome reappeared. The history about ancient Greece and Rome lead to the discovery of modern architecture and paintings. During the renaissance, if you weren't doing everything to the best of your abilities, then it would be sinful. Also, a new philosophy came about during the Renaissance. This philosophy was called humanism, which was basically the opposite of the Middle Ages. It caused people to want to learn and do everything they can.