Renaissance Culture

Cultures of the Renaissance times

Renaissance Art

In the Middle Ages the subject of almost all European art was religion, specifically Christianity and the Catholic Church. Although Renaissance artists continued to paint religious Art , they also branched out to other subjects including Greek and Roman mythology, historical subjects, and portraits of individuals. They also focused on the details of everyday life.

Renaissance Foods

Renaissance Clothing

What did the men wear?

Men wore colorful tights or stockings with a shirt and coat. The coat was generally tight fitting and was called a doublet. They often wore hats as well.

What did the women wear?

Women wore long dresses that generally had high waists and puffy sleeves and shoulders. Wealthy women would have elaborate jewelry made of gold and ornamented with expensive jewels such as pearls and sapphires. Sometimes the embroidery on their dresses used gold and silver thread.

Renaissance Architecture

Rennissance Archtechture is the architecture of the period between the early 15th and early 17th centuries in different regions of Europe, demonstrating a conscious revival and development of certain elements of ancient Greek and Roman thought and material culture

Renaissance Transportation

Townsmen usually traveled by walking because this is the most convenient way to reach short destinations. The wealthy and middle class people traveled with horses, pack mules, wagons, and coaches. Another transportation used by the rich people was horses. It was fast and appropriate for long distances. Travelers had to check that the horses were young capable of traveling in long distances.

Renaissance Religion

Religion had an important role in people’s lives and the church had until then been the authoritative source of information about heaven and earth. Now its dogmatic position was challenged by new, and what the church would call heretic theories. And indeed, this was a dilemma for many of the physicians and scholars. They were religious people who believed in the Holy Trinity and feared the wrath of God. But their findings and theories were published, and being devoted to their scientific vocation many of them suffered hard persecution from the church and were excommunicated after Inquisition trials.

Renaissance History

Renaissance Language

Good morning.=Good morrow.

Good afternoon.=Good day.

I’ll see you later.=I shall see you anon.

How are you?=How now?

Please…=Prithee or Pray…

Thank you.=Grammercy.

Hello, nice to see you!=Hail and well met!

What time is it?=How stands the hour?

Where are the restrooms?=Whither be the privies?

What is your name?=What be thy tide?

Please wait on me!=Prithee, attend me!

I'm thirsty.=I be parched.

Goodbye, I gotta go!=Fare thee well; I must away!

Renaissance History

The Renaissance may be vivid in the mind's eye - in images of human figures sculpted in the round, or in scenes painted with a profound and moving realism. But as a concept it is a slippery customer.
The word is French for 'rebirth'. Historians first use it (from about 1840) for the period from the 14th to the 16th century, implying a rediscovery of rational civilization (exemplified by Greece and Rome) after the medieval centuries - seen as superstitious and artistically primitive. The term 'Middle Ages', also coined by historians, makes the same point in a different way - defining the medieval period merely as the gap between classical and modern civilization.

Renaissance housing

Peasant houses are the least nice of the kinds of housing during the Renaissance. Peasants worked for feudal barons, land owning nobles, city, republic, or commune (Brown). Peasant houses were made of earth stone or wood, whatever they had more of (Brown). They used thatched roofs. Thatch is a plant stalk or foliage, such a reeds or palm fronds. Windows were rectangular holes with wooden shutters to cover them (Ridley).People who were in the middle class were usually merchants, artisans, lawyers or doctors (Brown). These houses were most likely made of wood or stucco (Brown). The roofs of these kinds of houses were made of slate or tile (Brown). They had leaded windows made of several small panes of glass held together by strips of lead (Brown). Unlike the peasant houses, middle class homes usually had more than one floor. The middle class houses had two or three rooms on each floor (Brown).
One of the greatest and most royal kinds of housing was the castle. Castles are some of the greatest buildings ever made. They were originally built to protect inhabitants during wars and sieges (Brown). Eventually castles were turned into homes for royalty and nobility. Castles were the best kinds of houses in that time and they are still very popular today. Castles may sometimes be thought of as a mansion; however a mansion was for royalty and important people to live. Castles were meant for protection and that is what they were built for. They were built with more stability then other buildings, mostly made of brick or stone.