The Renaissance

Madison H, Alex G, & Beshoy A.

What was The Renaissance?

The Renaissance was not only just another era in world history that started in Europe. It was a time of rebirth with great advances in science, art and humanism. This period began after the Dark Ages, a time in which a few wealthy ruled and the remaining majoring suffered. It followed the Black Death that began in 1348. The Renaissance was a period of transition between the Middle Ages and the beginning of modern Europe.

Renaissance Introduction

Being the most prosperous region, it began in Florence, Italy as wealth was available to support the great thinkers and artists of the era. The city became a model of Renaissance culture. It then spread throughout Europe over many centuries.

Advances made during this time seem endless. People during this period sought the writings of ancient Romans and Greeks. Upon studying them they realized the importance of symmetry and proportions employed by the ancients. They then used this knowledge in architecture and art of the period. One of the most famous individuals that explored these ideas was Leonardo da Vinci.
His Vitruvian Man used the concept of symmetry from the writings of Greek architect Vitruvius.
This helped to begin the way man thought of man.
Da Vinci was also a great artist known for his oil works the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper.
One of the best known artists of the era, Michalangelo created many great artistic works. Works such as his frescoes of the Sistine Chapel and sculpture of David come to mind when thinking of the Renaissance.
Michelangelo Buonarroti - A Tribute
Tools for exploration were developed and improved during this time. The astrolab and compass allowed sailors to navigate the oceans to other lands. This allowed for not only the discovery of places not known to exist before but also for the development of trade of such goods as spices, gems and silks. This provided for the increased prosperity of the era as well.

Essential Question:

How did the Renaissance affect growth of European countries both economically and politically as well as impact future relationships?