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Migration of People and Ideas

In the European Renaissance, a primary role was played by migratory movements, especially those of the intellectual élites. From Portugal to Poland, we can trace the movement of artists, architects and philosophers who journeyed from one end of Europe to the other. The Italian intellectuals, whether due to the absence of a strong national state or to the preeminence their culture had assumed in the Renaissance, were foremost in these movements, leaving works of the highest value in every part of Europe, as well as exporting artistic and literary currents and styles. This was not, of course, a univocal phenomenon, and the various artworks (and artistic currents) assumed different and specific modes of expressions in the different countries. At the same time, these migratory phenomena helped to circulate ideas throughout the continent, and thus to form a European culture that, for all its diversity, is in fact unitary. In the stages of these different geographic itineraries, we can clearly see the interweaving of cultures through the material transferral of artworks, books and people, which has contributed to building Europe. And in the 21st century we can reflect on the cross-bred, interwoven origins of our continent, with the aim of promoting new intellectual migrations and confrontations that can enrich and develop European culture, and above all the awareness of our common European citizenship.

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