Marco Polo and the Silk Road #1
Races: the reopening of the Silk Road helped spark the renaissance. It helped the renaissance because Marco Polo was one of the greatest travelers in the history. He spend 20yrs living through Europe and China and world. In 1260 two Venetian merchants arrived at Sudak, the Crimean port. The brothers Maffeo and Niccilo Polo went on to Surai, on the Volga river, where they traded for a year. Shortly after a civil war broke out between Barka and his cousin Hulagu, which made it impossible for the Polos to return with the same route as they came. They therefore decide to make a wide detour to the east to avoid the war and found themselves stranded for 3 years at Bukhara.
The Polo Brothers
In 1260 two Venetian merchants arrived at Sudak, the Crimean port. The brothers Maffeo and Niccilo Polo went on to Surai, on the Volga river, where they traded for a year. Shortly after a civil war broke out between Barka and his cousin Hulagu, which made it impossible for the Polos to return with the same route as they came. They therefore decide to make a wide detour to the east to avoid the war and found themselves stranded for 3 years at Bukhara.
Marco Polo (1254-1324), is probably the most famous Westerner traveled on the Silk Road. He excelled all the other travelers in his determination, his writing, and his influence. His journey through Asia lasted 24 years. He reached further than any of his predecessors, beyond Mongolia to China. He became a confidant of Kublai Khan (1214-1294). He traveled the whole of China and returned to tell the tale, which became the greatest travelogue.
The Italian trade #2
The contributions of the Medici family #3
The Medici family, which controlled Florence throughout much of the Renaissance, played a large part in the patronage of the arts and the political development of the city. In 1397, Giovanni de Medici, the banker to the Papal Court, established headquarters in Florence.
The Medici owed much of their wealth and power to the Medici Bank. It made them one of the richest families in all of Europe. It was the largest bank in Europe at its peak and was very well respected. The bank made notable improvements in accounting procedures including the development of the double-entry bookkeeping system.
Rediscovering the past (Greek and Roman) #4
Between 2008 and 2010 the Fitzwilliam Museum's principal display of Greek and Roman art and archaeology was dismantled and completely re-installed. The old arrangement dated back to the 1960s, and over subsequent decades the types of questions being asked about the ancient world had radically changed. At the same time huge advances had been made in conservation, environmental control and display-case design. The new display has brought the Fitzwilliam's antiquities collection into the 21st century. Issues arising from the latest research are now explored through new object and information arrangements in a modern style that still complements the 19th-century architecture of the gallery.
Leonardo de Vinci #5
Leonardo de Vinci in 1452-1519 was a Italian painter,sculpture,architect,engineer and a scientist.He was one of the greatest minds of Italian renaissance.
Leonardo de Vinci had a career in art and he did more than art he also did science,anatomy, and architecture.His painting were valuable all the time,he even painted the Mona Lisa.leonardo de Vinci was born in or near Italian town of Vinci on April 15,1452.Leonardo was apprenticed to the artist Andrea di Cione, called Verrocchio which means "true eye".
The pictures are about the human body on how it works and what happens to the body.He also made so many inventions about the pictures.
All it takes is to-observe the painting to draw out of intention.
Talking about how famous the painting and sculptures in the renaissance.Michaelangelo made a sculpture for the pope and the pope ask if he can build a sculpture of the tomb and Michaelangelo was upset because he didn't get paid.
Paper and Printing (Johann Gutenberg) #7
The few known facts about Gutenberg's life originate from a handful of legal and financial papers. These papers reveal that he was born Johann Gensfleisch zum Gutenberg in Mainz, Germany and moved to Strasbourg sometime before 1434. Legal records show that he and a partner produced metal hand mirrors used by pilgrims visiting holy sites. His metal-working skills must have been useful to him as he developed a method of making metal type for printing.
Sometime between 1444 and 1448, Gutenberg returned to Mainz, but there is little information about his activities for the next ten years. It is likely that he spent this time developing his new printing method, as some scholars believe it took at least ten years for Gutenberg to take his ideas from conception to invention.
Renaissance Writing (William Shakespeare) #8
Shakespeare’s influence on Renaissance culture was not simply a matter of incorporating works written in foreign languages and times past into his present. Shakespeare arguably invented a uniquely English version of the Renaissance, for he wove together the plots of ancient tragedies with the histories of medieval England so masterfully that it was difficult to disentangle them.
To make poetic forms and stories in classical Greek and Latin as well as in Italian, Spanish and French into expressions of English Renaissance literary triumph was Shakespeare's accomplishment. However, “The Bard” accomplished something else supremely “Renaissance” in its ambitions.