Presentation on theme: "The Renaissance – Rebirth of art and learning in Europe (1300-1600) Background: The Crusades stimulated trade by introducing Europeans to many desirable."— Presentation transcript:
The Renaissance – Rebirth of art and learning in Europe ( ) Background: The Crusades stimulated trade by introducing Europeans to many desirable products, and trade promoted contacts with the Byzantine and Muslim Empires.
Economic Effects of the Crusades: Increased demand for Middle Eastern products Stimulated production of good to trade in Middle Eastern markets Encouraged the use of credit and banking
Economic Concepts of the Renaissance Church rule against usury and the banks’ practice of charging interest helped to secularize northern Italy. Usury – loaning money with really high interest rates
Economic Concepts of the Renaissance Letters of credit served to expand the supply of money and stimulated trade New accounting and bookkeeping practices (use of Arabic numerals) were introduced
Significance- wealth accumulated from European trade with the Middle East led to the rise of Italian city-states. Wealthy merchants were active civic leaders.
Advantages of Location for Northern Italian cities during the Renaissance: Florence, Venice, and Genoa
Advantages of Location for Northern Italian cities during the Renaissance: Had access to trade routes connecting Europe with Middle Eastern markets Served as trading centers for the distribution of goods to northern Europe Were initially independent city- states governed as republics
Machiavelli’s Ideas about Power: Background: Machiavelli observed city- state rulers of his day and produced guidelines for the acquisition and maintenance of power by absolute rule.
Machiavelli published his ideas in a book called The Prince.
Machiavelli’s Ideas about Power: An early modern narrative on government Supported absolute power of the ruler Maintains that the end justifies the means – the way in which you do something isn’t as important as the end result Advises that one should do good if possible, but do evil when necessary
Background: The Renaissance produced new ideas that were reflected in the arts, philosophy, and literature. People wealthy from newly expanded trade, called Patrons, sponsored works that glorified city-states in northern Italy. Education became increasingly secular.
Art and Literature: Medieval art and literature – focused on the Church and salvation Renaissance art and literature – focused on individuals and worldly (secular) matters, along with Christianity
Italian Renaissance Artists and Writers: Leonardo da Vinci – Mona Lisa and The Last Supper Michelangelo – Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and David Petrarch – Sonnets, humanist scholarship
Humanism: Background - classical knowledge of the ancient Greeks and Romans fostered humanism in the Italian Renaissance.
Humanism: Celebrated the individual Stimulated the study of Greek and Roman literature and culture Was supported by wealthy patrons
The Northern Renaissance: Background – with rise of trade, travel, and literacy the Italian Renaissance spread to northern Europe.
Art and Literature changed as different cultures adopted Renaissance ideas: Growing wealth in Northern Europe supported Renaissance ideas. Northern Renaissance thinkers merged humanist ideas with Christianity
Art and Literature changed as different cultures adopted Renaissance ideas: The moveable type of printing press and the production and sale of books (Gutenberg Bible) helped spread ideas
Important Artists and Writers of the Northern Renaissance Erasmus – The Praise of Folly (1511) Poked fun at greedy merchants
Important Artists and Writers of the Northern Renaissance Sir Thomas More – Utopia (1516) Discussed perfect/ideal society Significance- Northern Renaissance artists portrayed religious and secular objects