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In 2370, in describing the character of Prospero to Lieutenant commander Data, Captain Jean-Luc Picard noted that "Shakespeare was witnessing the end of the Renaissance and the birth of the modern era, and Prospero finds himself in a world where his powers are no longer needed." (TNG: "Emergence")
The term "Renaissance man" is sometimes used to describe a great thinker with a large body of knowledge. In 2374, when Lieutenant commander Tuvok expressed his appreciation at the detail of the maps created by a holographic recreation of Leonardo da Vinci, Captain Kathryn Janeway explained "He was a Renaissance man, Tuvok. Interpreted, reinterpreted, deconstructed, fantasized about all through history." Later, as Janeway and the hologram prepared to take flight in a revised version of his glider, he commented "When Petrarch climbed Mont Ventoux and saw all Europe below him he knew he was witnessing the birth of a new age. He was witnessing the Renaissance. The rebirth of our world! So, Catarina, at this summit here, you and I will be reborn. Reborn, with wings!" (VOY: "Concerning Flight")