The Renaissance By: Emma Grunwald

Marco Polo and the Silk Road

Races: The safe reopening of the Silk Road helped spark the Renaissance. Trade increased between Europe and Asia when the Mongols took over. Marco Polo, a merchant from Venice, discovered coal and paper money due to the reopening the road. Later, he wrote a book that spread curiosity throughout Europe.

Italian Trade Cities-Florence

The Medici Family

The Medici Family was rich so they paid artists to paint the buildings in Florence because they wanted their home to be beautiful.

Rediscovering the Past

Greek and Roman classical ideas helped shape the development of the Renaissance by the architecture, literature, and art. Scholars found ancient texts written about the classical ideas and were excited. The texts had all the Greek and Roman ideas. The renaissance was shaped by the classical ideas.

Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci was a man of quality and talent. He was an artist, architect, invented, scientist, and anatomy. He had a really long name. Da Vinci created the parachute and other stuff that was actually made until later.


This video is about Michealangelo's life and art.

Paper and Printing (Johann Gutenberg)

The printing press was a great invention for literacy. The process took a little while though. The printers had to arrange the letters. Then add ink over it. Then they had to use a machine the printed it onto a paper. Then there was another machine that pressed it fully onto the paper.

Renaissance Writing (William Shakespeare)

William Shakespeare's writing reflect the ideas of humanism by including the worth and potential of everyone. Shakespeare's writing attracted such a wide audience because even if you were rich or poor, you could still see the play. William wanted people to be interested with the fact of humanism. Another reason for a lot of people coming to the plays was because of the language the play was written in which was English and everyone understood English. "Shakespeare wrote more tha. 30 comedies, tragedies, and histories. London audiences of the late 1500s and early 1600s packed the theatre to see them."(Holt 317). In conclusion, Shakespeare was a great writer and people love his idea of life and humanism.

"Don't waste your love on somebody, who doesn't value it." (William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet).
"And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays." (William Shakespeare A Midsummer Night's Dream).

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