Marco Polo and the Silk Road
The reopening of the Silk Road helped spark the Renaissance by allowing people from different areas to do trades and allowing new products to be in markets. (Holt pg.300) "As their curiosity grew, people began to demand goods from Asia. Trade between Asia and Europe increased." People started to realize there was more out there than what their culture had. The Silk Road provided people a safe way to be able to bring in new items and it made it easier for different items, ideas, and people to spread quickly. It introduce their culture to differences other cultures have that would be helpful for them as well. It also allowed people to be open to new and different cultural traditions.
Some roman ruins still stood in Italy, this is one of the sources of inspiration for the Renaissance architects.
Some of the artists tired to make their art like the Greeks and romans art, they tired to bury there art into the ground to make it look ancient.
Italians artists created some of the most beautiful sculptures and drawings in the world.
Leonardo de Vinci
When Leonardo da Vinci was around the age of 15 and 18 he went to a studio in Florence. There he learned many things including how to make brushes, mix colors, paint, draw, and sculpt. In 1481 he moved to Milan where he created paintings that are famous up to now. While in Milan he worked for the duke lvdovico until 1516 or 1517, he then worked for the king of France his position there was premier painter and engineer and architect. He worked for the king up to his death.
Brief biography and artwork.