The Renaissance By: kigan lo


The Silk Road and Marco Polo made a major impact on the start of the renaissance. The Silk Road had a great impact because of Polo’s stories he told to the Europeans about the goods in Asia. Soon then the Europeans were curious and wanted to get items from Asia, and this is how trade grew between Asia and Europe. Polo and his family also traveled on this route. They used this to travel to China, where Marco Polo became apart of the of the Chinese government. “Some of these goods came from India, China, and other lands to the east.”(page 298).

Italian Trade Cities

Medici Family

Top left: People are at the bank looking at slips of paper. Top right: A piece of artwork on a wall that shows many people sitting. Bottom left: A class of boys, wearing uniforms and reading books. Bottom right: A building that has been painted and renovated to make it look beautiful.

Rediscovering the Past

The Greek and Roman ideas helped shape the renaissance because of the artists who sculpted. The artists had to study humans (humanity) to be able to make their sculptures look more realistic. "They studies history, literature, public speaking, and art. All of these subjects emphasized the actions and abilities of humans. These subjects are known as the humanities."(document 2). This states that the study of humanity was neither way of the new changes of the renaissance. In summary, the new ways of studying helped shape the Renaissance.

Roman Art

Roman Architecture

Greek Architecture

Greek Art

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was an apprentice for his master. He would do the final touches in his masters artwork. Until 1478 he left to set up his own studio.

Top left: A painting of the "Moana Lisa." Top right: A sketch of "a man's head." Right above: The Last Supper.


Michelangelo was the first to experiment his sculptures before handing it off as an antique, so it has enough detail.

Focuses on Michael Angelo and his life. And how his artwork health impact the Renaissance and his life.

Paper and Printing (Johann Gutenberg)

Top left: Two men are pressing the papers. Top right: An ad for the Johann Gutenberg printer press. Below the two small pictures: Three men are working on the printer press. Right above: One man is showing some people how the printer press works, while one is working in the printer press.

The Guttenberg press helped make writing books easier and faster to print, so more people can read. This also let there be a chance to have the different books in different languages. The press also let people to have a higher chance in education.

Renaissance Writing (William Shakespeare)

William Shakespeare's writing reflected the ideas of humanity by showing that each human being is important. "The following passage reflects the Renaissance idea that each human being is important."(Holt 317). This shows that William Shakespeare used humanism in his plays and writing. In his writing he would use humanism, and using humanity will also interest many people to his work. "Ever since, people have enjoyed the beauty of Shakespeare's language and understanding of humanity."(Holt 317). This explains that people, poor or rich likes Shakespeare's plays. Willim Shakespeare's writing have interested many people because of his use of humanism.

Young men's love lies not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes.~William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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