The Renaissance By vinny.b

Marco Polo and the Silk Road

Marco Polo was an Italian explorer. His well-documented travels to China were some of the most influential in world history, and did much to kickstart the European age of exploration Marco Polo and the Silk Road. The reopening of the Silk Road helped spark the renaissance. Trade increased as the polos saw many amazing things in china. For example, the Chinese used paper money in addition to the coins that Europeans used. The polls were also fascinated by an unusual fuel source, which Marco later described: "It is a fact that throughout the province of China there is a sort of black stone."

A clear map Marco Polo used to trade across the ocean and the Silk Road.
Marco polo
Marco Polo with a bow

Italian Trade Cities

These are photos of the Medici family and how the family tree worked.

Rediscovering the past

Greek and roman classical ideas help shape the development of the renaissance. Humanism became a central motif for painters and sculptures, it led to the "rebirth" of the classical style. The subjects of paintings and sculptures were aimed more towards human based ideals. Humanism sparked interest in the "beauty" of an individual and humanity itself. The classical belief in humanism was evident in sculptures during the Greek and roman era. The sculptures looked realistic and the gods were shown as perfect human beings, proportional, athletic, young and beautiful.

This is a lion statue

These statues were made so realistic you can see the wrinkles and the human feutures in the statue.

This statue as well is one of the most realistic looking statues.

Facts : Leonardo da Vinci

The article I have chosen talks about Leonardo da Vinci and all the facts and things about him and what he does. This article talks about his art and architecture, and even has some pictures of it. Some important facts that it talks about is his personal facts about himself which the article talks about as well. I think this article will be really good for someone who would like to learn about Leonardo da Vinci.

Left photo- Mona Lisa was a famous painting made by da Vinci. Right photo - A picture of Leonardo da Vinci.


This video below is a video about Michelangelo and his art. The video includes most of his art and architecture, most of his famous artwork.

Paper and printing (Johann Gutenburg)

The printing press was invented in the Holy Roman Empire by the German Johannes Gutenberg around 1440, based on existing screw presses. These are photos of what the printing press looked like, similar to a printer but harder work. The printing press was a really good thing for the people back than because books were really hard to make. Monks always copied or created books with there hand which took time so the printing press was a really good thing for the monks and the other people.

Renaissance writing (William Shakespeare)

William Shakespeare's writing reflected the ideas of humanism. People have enjoyed his writing and his language so people likes the way he understands his humanity. Therefore people got to know him and he was very popular so people would go to his plays and listen to his poems. Many people consider him as the greatest playwright of all time. Thats how William Shakespeare reflected the ideas of humanism.

William Shakespeare attracted such a huge audience because of all the genres he did. The genres he did were 30 comedies, tragedies, and histories.

"All the worlds stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages."

These are two famous works by William Shakespeare.

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