The Renaissance By: Brianna Carrasco

Marco Polo and the Silk Road

The reopening of the Silk Road helped sparked the Renaissance because when the Mongols made the Silk Road safer to travel on and Marco Polo returned from China, his stories about the country began to spark people's interest about trade and goods from Asia which led people to want items from the East. “Polo’s description made many Europeans curious about Asia. As their curiosity grew, people began to demand goods from Asia”(Holt 300). Trade increased between the countries and many goods were brought to Europe which influenced many ideas. All in all, the Silk Road helped a lot when it came to the Renaissance because of the new items and ideas people began to obtain.

Marco Polo and his travels in Asia

Italian Trade Cites (Florence)

MedIci Family

The four contributions that the Medici family helped with to spark the Renaissance, artwork, education, architecture, and banking.

Rediscovering the past (Greek and ROman)

Greek and Roman classical ideals helped shape the development of the Renaissance because people became inspired by the writings the Romans and Greeks had written long ago. These writings were inspiration to the artist and architects of the Renaissance. Ideas that Italian scholars wanted to revive was the humanities. These were things like history, literature, public speaking, and art. Humanism is the philosophy of learning these things and the worth and potential of people. "This thinking contributed to the burst of creativity during the Renaissance" (Document 1). This means that because of the ideas they obtained the Renaissance flourished. All in all, the Roman and Greek classical ideas really helped shaped the development of the Renaissance.

The agriculture and art of the Renaissance was really inspired by the old Greek and Roman ideas/writings.

As well as the ideas, there was the scholars who wanted to bring back the humanities. The humanities emphasized the actions and abilities of humans. Humanism was the philosophy of the human body and mind. Humanist felt that we had freedom to make our own decisions and find out how much potential and worth someone has.

LeonarDo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci is known for his famous artwork like the "Mona Lisa" and "The Last Supper" but there are many people that don't know what he actually was, not just an artist. He was many things but one that really stands out is his studies of the human body which is called anatomy. His research of the human body is very interesting and some of his writings and sketches of the human body are still used today. Even though he is not alive today, we have become more advanced in art, architecture, inventions, engineering, and anatomy with his work.

Da Vinci and his research on the human body


This video will explain who Michelangelo was and what he did during the Renaissance.

Paper and Printing (Johann GuTenburg)

Johann Gutenburg created the moveable type so printing books and papers would become easier instead of handwriting things word for word.

Gutenberg's movable type had a really big impact on literacy during the Renaissance. This machine made printing easier instead of handwriting. People began to learn how to read and write from the ability of the movable type to print in different languages.

Renaissance Writing (William ShakEspeare)

William Shakespeare's writings reflected the ideas of humanism because he felt like people mattered and reflected that in his work. He expresses people's lives in his plays and writing even in "As You Like It". "Ever since, people have enjoyed the beauty of Shakespeare's language and his understanding of humanity" (Holt 317). Shakespeare's work was very popular and with his writing reflecting the ideas of humanism, they became even more memorable over time. As well as his plays and writings reflecting humanism, Shakespeare's prodigys attracted a very wide audience because of the vernacular and humor. He was very humorous and sarcastic in his work. Many people, no matter how rich or how poor they were, enjoyed his work. "London audiences of the late 1500s and early 1600s packed the theatre to see them" (Holt 317). Audiences enjoyed his plays no matter what class they were in. All in all, Shakespeare's work influenced the Renaissance because of how he placed the ideas of humanism in them and how he placed humors as well as used the vernacular.

Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and "As You Like It"
"To be or not to be, that is the question"-Hamlet by William Shakespeare

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