Renaissance man

Renaissance man
1. a cultured man of the Renaissance who was knowledgeable, educated, or proficient in a wide range of fields.
2. (sometimes l.c.) a present-day man who has acquired profound knowledge or proficiency in more than one field.

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▪ philosophical concept
also called  Universal Man,  Italian  Uomo Universale,  

      an ideal that developed in Renaissance Italy from the notion expressed by one of its most accomplished representatives, Leon Battista Alberti (Alberti, Leon Battista) (1404–72), that “a man can do all things if he will.” The ideal embodied the basic tenets of Renaissance Humanism, which considered man the centre of the universe, limitless in his capacities for development, and led to the notion that men should try to embrace all knowledge and develop their own capacities as fully as possible.

      Thus the gifted men of the Renaissance sought to develop skills in all areas of knowledge, in physical development, in social accomplishments, and in the arts. The ideal was most brilliantly exemplified in Alberti—who was an accomplished architect, painter, classicist, poet, scientist, and mathematician and who also boasted of his skill as a horseman and in physical feats—and in Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519), whose gifts were manifest in the fields of art, science, music, invention, and writing.

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