The Renaissance By: Mikaylah Amezcua

Marco Polo and the Silk Road

Marco Polo

The reopening of the Silk Road helped spark the Renaissance by people's curiosity. Once the Silk Road was reopened, traders and travelers were safer. The word spread about Marco Polo’s journey. The people wanted to know more about different products that they didn't have. “As their curiosity grew, people began goods from Asia. Trade between Asia and Europe increased. Italian merchants organized much of this trade,” (Holt, 300). This evidence explains that when the people wondered about different products, the wondering stopped when Marco Polo wrote a book about the products Venice didn't have. They decided to open the Silk Road to experience how other people used products that were foreign. The Silk Road helped the Renaissance be created by opening the curiosity.

The first photo is Marco Polo meeting the Mongol emperor Kublai Khan. The map shows Marco Polo's journey.

Italian Trade Cities

Medici Family

The first photo is a piece of art shaped as Leonardo Da Vinci. Cosimo de' Medici paid workers to decorate Florence with the best art. The second picture is a school for children. The Medici family built libraries and saved books. Cosimo actually hired people who could write, read, and comprehend math. The third photo shows banking. The banks would make a lot of money if they charged interest and collect money the merchant received. The last picture conveys a building with an unique design. The Medicis employed architects to redesign the finest buildings in the city of Florence.

Rediscovering the past

The Greek and Roman classical ideas helped shape the development of the Renaissance because of the deep interest in the classical ideas. "Trade and commerce increased. Cities grew larger and wealthier. Newly wealthy merchants and bankers supported the growth of arts and learning," (Humanism, paragraph 4). This piece of evidence shows that so many things happened to help open the Renaissance. The fascination of the Greek and Roman ideas made a huge difference.

This statue is a goddess. It is part of Greek art. She is dressed in a toga instead of being nude. Her facial expressions are calm with little emotion at all. But the impressive details that come with the sculpture really makes the art beautiful.

This is classical Roman art. Some of the figures are nude and some are also dressed in togas and robes like the photo above. This piece of fine art is very lifelike as well as the details carved in their bodies and clothing. The statues have a calm expression on their faces, but the motion that takes place makes the art come to life.

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was so fascinated by anatomy, he dropped everything that was involved with art and started dissecting corpses. He worked with professors and anatomists. Leonardo was known as the most curious person in history because of how much he pushed to know about human bodies. He then became so interested in the composition of the heart. Da Vinci discovered that the heart has four chambers. Leonardo da Vinci understood the rotation of a heart by observing pig slaughter and the knives killing the animals. His extreme curiosity made Leonardo da Vinci a brilliant anatomist.

Leonardo da Vinci drew pictures of the human body inside and out. His notes include his backwards writing. Leonardo studied bones, heart, muscles, and skulls. He drew close-ups of certain body parts.


This video shows the many meanings of Michelangelo's statute of David. There were many meanings of this sculpture because of its fine, beautiful detail. Michelangelo's art can have several meanings, but his work is greatly appreciated.

Paper and Printing

The first picture shows two different movable types next to each other. The second photo displays a drawing of an old movable type. The third image presents a man printing ink on a paper. There are also a family observing the printing press process while a well dressed man explains the process.

Authors can sell their books to everyone no matter their culture. People can translate and print books for more people to learn how to read. Plus, printing is faster than rewriting the book word for word.

Renaissance Writing

William Shakespeare's writing reflected the ideas of humanism by writing plays and poems that followed the Renaissance idea that every person is worth something, no matter who they are. In the text, it stated, "Ever since, people have enjoyed the beauty of Shakespeare's language and his understanding of humanity," (Holt, 317). This evidence explains that William Shakespeare had showed his opinion on the importance of humanity. He influenced the value of humans by simply creating scenes. Shakespeare was a very well-known writer. His writing attracted several people because his plays and poems were full of action and the plays would be an attention magnet. "Shakespeare wrote more 30 comedies, tragedies, and histories... [He] compares people to actors in a play who should be watched with great interest," (Holt, 317). This quote shows that when a lot of action and a message is present many people will be interested in it. In conclusion, William Shakespeare was a popular writer because he has a deep, emotional message that can shine through his words.

A remarkable piece of art called Romeo and Juliet
Another piece of writing named As You Like It

"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none." - William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well

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