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Class Topic: The Renaissance

Post  Joshua T on Fri Sep 12, 2014 12:06 pm

Why might a historian refer to 15th century Florence as the "nucleus" of the Renaissance?

The Renaissance was a cultural movement that spanned the period roughly from the 14th to 17th century. The Renaissance began in Italy and later on spread to the rest of Europe. The Renaissance began in Italy because of three main reasons: 1) There was a renewed interest in Ancient Rome. 2) Italian cities such as Florence, Rome, Genova, Milan, Naples, and Venice just finished surviving the middle ages. 3) The rise of Patronage.

Florence was known for its wealth, its beauty, and the creative geniuses that worked there. Florence, perhaps more than any other city, came to symbolize the energy and brilliance of the Italian Renaissance. Florence produced a great amount of gifted poets, artists, architects, scholars, and scientists.

The Medici's were probably the most important family of the Renaissance. The Medici's lived in a palace that was located in Florence. This palace was called the Medici Palace. The palace was designed by Michelozzo di Bartolomeo for Cosimo de Medici, and was built between 1445 and 1460. It was well known for its stone masonry. In the 1400s the Medici's started and organized a very successful banking business. Later on, they expanded their business to wool and mining. The ranked to be one of the wealthiest bankers in Europe during the Renaissance. In 1434, they gained control over the Florentine government. The family ruled Florence for many years to come.

Leonardo da Vinci is known to be one of the greatest painters of the Renaissance. He lived in Florence. People today admire his paintings for the freshness and realism that these paintings provide. His most popular painting is the Mona Lisa. The Mona Lisa is a portrait of a woman whose mysterious smile has baffled viewers for centuries.





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Re: Class Topic: The Renaissance

Post  Dzazo on Sun Sep 21, 2014 11:17 pm

Seems like a good topic but almost everybody in class wrote about the reinnasaaince and you should change the topic a little.

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