Marco Polo and the Silk Road
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.
Italian Trade Cities
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.
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.