Art of the 15th century or Renaissance art refers to European art produced during the 1400s. This art period saw a dramatic revival of interest in classical sources, which had been lost to European society following the fall of Rome. In particular, these works were copied in manuscript form – rediscovered, studied, analyzed – both by artists and artisans. Artists created a classical revival style that developed in parallel with the arts of this period. Due to its geographical reach, Renaissance art was able to encompass the variations in styles connected with all major cultural centers of Europe. And as it marked an emergence of new urban centers following the collapse of feudal hierarchy, art from this time is characterized by the rise in status of merchants and their relationship with art and artists. Artists sought to depict subjects people could understand, resulting in depictions of religious themes, depicting biblical events from a human perspective. Artists also portrayed many noble families within society, illustrating or painting portraits as signs of prestige. The period of the 15th century is marked by an increase in the number of religious orders, and a rise in the power of the church. As it grew in strength, many people became more devout; seeking salvation by improving their lives, or giving alms to those less fortunate than them – resulting in an increase in pilgrimages. Artists believed that beauty was a representation of divinity; therefore they used their art to illustrate the likeness of the heavens through their paintings and sculptures. Some artists depict religious scenes, for example; a majority of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling are devoted to the creation narrative and fall of humanity. 15th century artists also believed that, in order to create transcendent experiences for the viewer, they had to portray spiritual themes in a manner that was both accessible and comprehensive. Artists incorporate their own feelings, beliefs and experiences into their paintings, resulting in unique representations of the world – allowing each artist to be recognized by his or her style. As a result of this period of study and revival, classical ideals were rediscovered using a linear perspective – showing depth in space by painting a scene as if looking through an open window. The period also saw a rise in importance of the individual, resulting in depictions of human beings interacting with one another. As it was reflective of political power at the time, (the king and the church), kings were often depicted at their finest; wearing adorned garments, sitting on elaborate thrones, and sometimes surrounded by their courtiers.