The age of enlightenment took place in the 17th and 18th century, centering in the heart of Europe. The Enlightenment itself was an intellectual and philosophical movement spreading rapidly throughout the western world, but it was so significant that a whole historical period was characterized by its ideologies. Overtaking the pomp of the renaissance and the religious baroque, the enlightenment brought new concepts and ideas, emphasizing liberty, individualism, and progress. Intellectual thinking was peaking in the period, resulting in advancements in various aspects of life, including art and literature.