Chapter 12 Section 1. Objectives:. Describe the beginning of the Renaissance Identify prominent Italian Renaissance families Evaluate the development of Milan, Venice, and Florence. The Italian Renaissance. The word renaissance means rebirth. Renaissance Italy was a largely urban society.
Baldassare Castiglione by Raphael, c. 1516
“Employ in everything a certain casualness which conceals art and creates the impression that what is done and said is accomplished without effort and without its being thought about. It is from this, in my opinion, that grace largely derives."