romeo and Juliet time period

published by William Shakespeare in 1595


romeo and Juliet was written in 1595. sixteenth-century Italy was unlike any other place in Europe. It was divided into independent city-states, each with a different form of government. Florence, where the Italian Renaissance began, was an independent republic. It was also a banking and commercial capital and, after London and Constantinople, the third-largest city in Europe. Wealthy Florentines flaunted their money and power by becoming patrons, or supporters, of artists and intellectuals. In this way, the city became the cultural center of Europe, and of the Renaissance.

clothing during the renaissance

The Italian Renaissance fashion, which showed better taste and a greater amount of elegance, greatly influenced the way people dressed in other countries of Europe. In France, the import of Italian fashion dates from the famous expedition of Charles VIII into Italy. men's Renaissance fashion imposed a short and ornamental mantle, a broad-brimmed hat covered with feathers, and trunk hose. Women wore the bodies of their dresses closely fitting to the figure, embroidered, trimmed with lace, and covered with gilt ornaments; the sleeves were very large and open

renaissance theatre

The Italian Renaissance gave birth to many innovations in theater architecture and scene design, including the proscenium arch stage, painted-flat wings and shutters, and Torelli's mechanized pole-and-chariot system. In addition, the Italian Renaissance saw the development of the neoclassical rules of dramatic structure, and of opera and Commedia dell'arte

what was going on?

The Renaissance period saw the emergence of Italian masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo; the discovery of the New World by Columbus; the rise of Protestantism under Martin Luther; and the development of new technologies such as Gutenberg's printing press.