The Renaissance Anysa Chanthavong

Marco Polo and the Silk Road

The reopening of the Silk Road helped sparked the Renaissance because a man named Marco Polo spent 20 years traveling and he lived in Asia. When him and his family returned back to Venice, he recorded his journey with the help of a writer. Nobody at first believed him, but over the years his reputation grew and trade between Asia and Europe grew.

The text states, “Marco Polo spent 20 years living and traveling in Asia.” (Holt 300) and, “ As their curiosity grew, people began to demand goods from Asia.”

Italian Trade Cities (Florence)

Medici Family

Bankers in Florence kept money from all merchants all over Europe. Bankers made money by charging interest. Art and education was a key feature of a time called the Renaissance. Florence was a beautiful city because of their designed buildings (architecture) and their art. They also provided education for people to learn to read and write .

Rediscovering the Past (Greek and Roman)

Greek and Romes classical ideas helped shaped the development of the Renaissance because Italian scholars had found old Greek and Rome classical writings and that inspired other cities to make a similarity of both art and writings from the old letters that were found. In the document, it states, "As Italian scholars read the text, they rediscover the glories of Greece and Rome. They longed for a renewal of classical culture." (Document 3)

Rome art was mainly filled with ordinary people and civil leaders, as well as gods and goddesses. They were shown from people do real life task.

Greek art was mostly athletic and they looked super stiff. They also showed what people do in their daily life.

Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci: Early career- Leonardo Da Vinci spent time (a decade) styling his sculptures and artworks. In 1472, the painters’ of Florence offered Leonardo da Vinci a membership. Around 1482, he painted his first very commissioned for Florence's San Donato.

The first picture that's on the photo grid is called Vitruvian Man and it shows a mans body. The second one is called Lady with the Ermine. This one shows a lady with an Ermine in her arms. The last one is the most popular one and it's most known for her smile, it's called the Mona Lisa.


This video mainly talks about his life and his paintings and his sculptures.

Paper and Printing

These photos describe what the process was for the printing press and how it looked. It also describes how it works and showing how people work it.

This printing press had an impact on literacy because it gave education to the people. Also, it was faster than writing for the workers.

Renaissance Writing - William Shakespeare

Shakespeares writing reflected the ideas of humanism because he taught that every human being is important and that they should be watched with interest like actors are. In the text, it states, "Shakespeare compares people to the actors in a play who would be watched with great interest." (Holt 316) Shakespeare's writing attracted a wide Audience because he wrote about comedies, tragedies, and histories which attracted many people. They also enjoy the beauty of his language and his understanding of humanity. In the text it states, "Shakespeare wrote more than 30 comedies, tradegies, and histories." (Holy 317) Shakespeare's writing reflected the ideas of humanism because he was mainly about every human being is important and that they're compared to an actor. His writings had many generals in it and that attracted many people.

"Love looks with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind." -A Midsummer Night's Dream
"Therefore my age is as a lusty winter, frosty, but kindly" -As you like it

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