- 118 pages
After Rome fell, the Catholic Church replaced the crumbling imperial government with its own organization. Laws determined by and enacted for the people were replaced with immutable religious doctrine. For nearly a millennium, the people of the Europe became increasingly uneducated and illiterate. Many endured poor living conditions, and self-improvement did not appear to be an option. It seemed as though Western society had fallen into a deep sleep and forgotten its rich heritage. But at last, there was an awakening!
From the ground-breaking writings of Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, and the rise of Humanism, to the bold artistic and architectural revival of the High Renaissance years, The Story of the Italian Renaissance explores almost three centuries of rebirth and discovery across Western Europe.
Delve into one of the most dazzling periods of European history: Da Vinci, Giotto, Botticelli, Michelangelo, and others created timeless masterpieces that epitomized the spirit of Renaissance optimism and transformation. They remain some of the most classically celebrated artists and sculptors in all of Western history.
By building libraries and academies dedicated to classical ideas and subsidizing pivotal artists, the wealthy Medici family influenced their world and the world of today.
Italian city-states such as Milan, Venice, Florence, and Naples rose to power. They formed guilds to protect their prized artisans, reestablished some of the organized governing principles of the Romans, and re-invigorated the region's trade and economy.
Increased prosperity was reflected in the lavish style and refined etiquette of the era. Prominent men and women of the time mastered skills in many diverse activities, wore the latest fashions, and developed many of the polite social manners we value today.
This informative textbook offers review questions, further thoughts, and suggested projects at the end of each chapter to further explore the events, personalities, culture, and achievements of this incredible era. The book is full of color maps, photos and illustrations that help convey the liveliness and character of the Italian Renaissance.