The Renaissance By:Valeria

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.

Marco polo's travels on the Silk Road

Italian Trade Citites (Florence)

Theses trading centers were important because theses cities were bustled with activity, the residence hear many languages on the streets, they also could meet strangers from far away places. Shoppers could buy beautiful items from Asia. Trade goods from Asia poured into Europe, many of the trade goods came through Italian ports.

The location of these trading citites helped them flourish because they became super wealthy. They were also the main trade centers with a lot of diversity. The cities were surrounded by the ocean so it made it easier for ships to be in items.

Florence was able to help spark the Renaissance by Cosimo de' Medici hired artists to make Florence the most beautiful city in the world, he wanted to improve education so he needed workers to work at his bank who could read write and understand math, he collected books and he built librarys.Florence became the center of Italian art, literature, and cultural.

Medici family

The Medici family wanted Florence to be the most beautiful citiy in the world.
This is Venus de' Medici. Cosimo de' Medici hired artists to decorate his palace.
The greatest bankers in Florence were the Medici family.

Rediscovering the past

The Greek and the roman classical ideas help shape the development of the Renaissance by artists studying about the value of the human life and the human body. (Holt pg. 307) " Renaissance artists studied the human body and drew what they saw". The Renaissance artists showed more realistically than the medieval artists. Artist discovered new techniques to make their art come alive.

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.

Mona Lisa painting is well known, the painting was started in 1503 it represents the 3rd wife of Francesco di Bartolommeo.
This painting is the last dinner for Jesus and his disciples. The painting was supposed to be done on a wall but it wasn't possible for him because he couldn't work fast enough.
This was an altarpiece of the church of San Francisco in Milan.


Brief biography and artwork.

Paper and printing

This is how people printed

This method was a easier way to print and prepare. The worker could put the letters in a frame and spread the ink all over the letters then pressed the frame against paper. The letters were backwards so when they pressed the frame against the paper it looked normal. The worker could rearrange the letters to make a new page.

Renaissance writing

William Shakespeare's writing reflect the ideas of humanism by, William Shakespeare's language, people enjoyed the beauty of the language, and his understanding of humanity. (Holt pg. 317) " London audiences of the late 1500s and early 1600s packed the threater to see them. Ever since, people have enjoyed the beauty of Shakespeare's language and his understanding of humanity." Shakespeare compares people to the actors in his plays, that's why people liked his work.

Hamlet: "Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry."
Romeo andJuliet: "O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?"

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