Unit 7 - Renaissance

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    From the 1300's to the 1500's Europe underwent major changes. This time period is known as the Renaissance, which means "rebirth."  It was a rebirth of learning and a golden age for arts, literature, and sciences. The Renaissance began in the Italian cities. These cities served as centers for trade and, therefore, had increased access to wealth and knowledge. Merchants in the Italian cities were willing to spend their wealth on the promotion of art and education. One such family was the Medici Family, an extremely rich banking family, who controlled Florence and invested great sums of money into the arts. Behind these changes was "humanism." Humanism was a new way of thinking that was concerned with the present and individual achievements as opposed to the divine (religious) focus of the past.


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    DaVinci sketch The Prince book cover