A common way to identify a time period is to take a look at the art it produced. Often enough, the art and architecture created is a direct reflection of the quality of society at that point in history. The Early Renaissance, being a good example of this, took place in the 15th century, mostly in Italy, beginning in Florence. Two active members of this moment in history were Donatello and Botticelli, both artists. Artistic techniques and styles such as chiaroscuro, perspective, bright colors, foreshortening,secularism, and realism, while still showing a tie to the middle ages through early attempts at these styles.