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The Renaissance. Europe 1300s – 1600s. The word Renaissance = “rebirth”. The Renaissance was the period of “ rebirth ” and creativity that followed Europe’s Middle Ages It was a rebirth of interest in classical (Greek & Roman) art, literature and writing. . The School of Athens , by Raphael.

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the renaissance

The Renaissance

Europe 1300s – 1600s

the word renaissance rebirth
The word Renaissance = “rebirth”
  • The Renaissance was the period of “rebirth” and creativity that followed Europe’s Middle Ages
  • It was a rebirth of interest in classical (Greek & Roman) art, literature and writing.
  • The School of Athens, by Raphael
humanism new way of thinking that valued human creativity education and reason
Humanism = new way of thinking that valued human creativity, education and reason

- Because of this rebirth, people became interested in subjects like history and art.

- Human nature and the dignity of man were considered important.

- Emphasis was placed on the present life as important in itself (instead of medieval emphasis on the present life merely as preparation for heaven).

spread of renaissance
Spread of Renaissance

Renaissance began in Italian trade cities (e.g. Venice, Florence, Milan, and Genoa)

- Spread to rest of Europe

advances of the renaissance architecture and engineering
Advances of the Renaissance:Architecture and Engineering

Ren. architects and engineers were inspired by classical buildings and structure

- they added new ideas to the classical ones

Brunelleschi figured out how to create this 137 ft. wide, brick dome that stands without support structures.

Duomo de Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence.

advances literature
Advances: Literature

Miguel de Cervantes (Spain)

  • wrote Don Quixote

Dante (Italy)

- wrote The Divine Comedy

William Shakespeare (England)

  • wrote over 30 plays + poems
  • works still remade today
advances art
Ren. artists created realistic, balanced works that valued human life in all aspects

The use of perspective and the study of the human body made the art very realistic

Mona Lisa, by da Vinci

Advances: Art

Michelangelo (Italy) – 1st example of Ren. artist

- architect, poet, sculptor, painter

-most famous painting covers ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome

The Pieta, found in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome

Leonarda da Vinci (Italy) – 2nd example
  • painter, sculptor, architect, inventor, and engineer, town planner, mapmaker
  • some call him the greatest genius that ever lived

The Last Supper hangs in Milan, Italy

other advances
Other Advances

Science and Math

  • Copernicus proved that the planets move around the sun
  • Used math to figure out nature

Paper and Printing

- By the1300s papermaking spread from China to Europe along the Silk Rd.

- c.1455 Gutenberg devel-oped a printing press that used moveable type

  • led to Bibles & other books being more available – more information and education

A Gutenberg printing press

practice test question
Practice Test Question

Which of these is not a characteristic of Renaissance painting?

A. subject matter limited to Christian themes

B. realistic portrait painting

C. settings reflecting the world of the artists

D. paintings showing depth and perspective

Correct answer: A

practice test question1
Practice Test Question

How did increased trade on the Silk Road lead to the Renaissance?

A. It helped Marco Polo travel to India

B. It increased prosperity in Italy

C. People refused to believe Marco Polo’s

stories about China

D. Kublai Khan reawakened an interest in

Greek writings.

Correct Answer: B

practice test question2
Artist, architect, mathemetician

Studied anatomy to draw more realisitic human figures

Painted a mural depicting the last meeting of Jesus and his disciples

Painted the portrait known as “Mona Lisa”

The information in this chart best describes which of these individuals of the Renaissance?

A. Raphael

B. Michelangelo

C. da Vinci

D. Botticelli

Correct Answer: C

Practice Test Question
practice test question3
Practice Test Question

The first book Gutenberg printed with his printing press was

A. a prayer book in Latin

B. a Bible in German

C. a Bible in Latin

D. Marco Polo’s adventures in China

Correct Answer: B

practice test question4
Practice Test Question

All of the following contributed to the spread of Renaissance ideas except

A. monks copying books by hand onto animal skins

B. Chinese methods of making paper arriving in Europe

C. books becoming more available to Europeans

D. artists, writers, and scholars studying in Italy and

returning home with new ideas

Correct Answer: A