The Renaissance By: Savana Navarro

Marco Polo and the Silk Road

RACES: The reopening of the Silk Road helped spark the Renaissance because of Marco Polo's description of Asia. In the text, "Polo's description made many Europeans curious about Asia. As their curiosity grew, people began to demand goods from Asia. Trade between Asia and Europe increased” (Holt 300). This explains that he must have put in so much detail, it created the reuse of the Silk Road and trade became popular again, along with more people. In conclusion, this was a major step and benefit for traders and the Silk Road because trade and connection increased with various people from different lands.

This is the pictures of Marco Polo and the route that he took to Asia and Venice.

Italian Trade Cities (Florence)

The Medici Family

This is some of the artwork that the artists painted and drew for the Medici Family.
These buildings are some of the architecture that the architects created for the Medici Family.
These are some of the examples of what the banking with the Medici Family would have looked like. They were very rich.
This might be what education looked like with the Medici Family. Teachings about trade, money, and other things.

Rediscovering the Past (Greek and Roman)

RACES: The Greek and Roman classical ideas helped shape the development of the Renaissance because changes were happening that was able to increase the interest of Greek and Roman ideas. In the text, "...changes were occurring that paved the way for the Renaissance. Trade and commerce increased. Cities grew larger and wealthier. Newly wealthy merchants and bankers supported the growth of arts and learning. A renewed interest in ancient cultures started a flood of new ideas. Greek and Roman examples inspired new styles of architecture, approaches to the arts, and ways of thinking" (Document 1). This explains that because of the trade and merchants, interests in Greek and Roman ideas were regenerated. To conclude, Greek and Roman ideas were a great start to the Renaissance.

Greek and Roman ideas inspired a lot of architecture and art in the Renaissance.

This is one of the most famous sculptures in the Renaissance.

This a statue of Perseus with Medusa's head. This is also Greek work.

This sculpture is called "Loacoon and His Sons". It's an Ancient Greek sculpture.

Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci was the most famous artists in the Renaissance and in history. But besides being an amazing artist, he also created incredible inventions that benefited the world. He was also a scientist and an engineer. He was one of the most greatest people in our history.

These are Da Vinci's drawings of his aerial screw, crossbow, machine gun, parachute, and his ornithopter.


The video above will be focusing on Michelangelo's paintings, sculptures, and drawings. Please Enjoy. 🙂

Paper and Painting (Johann Gutenberg)

The first two pictures describe the process of putting the ink on the animal skin and the third one describes how the paper will go in. The fourth and fifth pictures describe the process of printing the ink on the paper. The last picture shows the paper after it's all done. ✅

The effect that this had on literacy is that more people had the accessibility to read because it was in a language they could understand. Instead of just Latin, they could read in Italian, French, or maybe Chinese. People could read more books and receive more ideas. 💭

Renaissance Writing (William Shakespeare)

RACES: William Shakespeare's writing reflected the ideas of humanism because his work emphasized the importance of human beings. The text states, "...people have enjoyed the beauty of Shakespeare's language and his understanding of humanity" and "Shakespeare compares people to the actors in a play who should be watched with great interest" (Holt 316). These two pieces of evidence show how William Shakespeare believed that every human had a purpose in this world. Shakespeare's writing attracted a wide audience because people have enjoyed the unique beauty of his works. The text states, "Shakespeare wrote more than 30 comedies, tragedies, and histories. London audiences of the late 1500s and early 1600s packed the threatre to see them" (Holt 316). This explains how his writings were very entertaining and that all people could watch his plays with excitement. To conclude, William Shakespeare showed the ideas of humanism through his work by showing that everyone could do something big.

"Don't waste your love on somebody, who doesn't value it" - Romeo & Juliet
William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet
"And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays" - A Midsummer Night's Dream
William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

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