Welcome to the renaissance!
The Renaissance Period (1350-1550) was the transition period between the Medieval Era and the modern world. It is reviewed as a time of struggle and hardship for individual freedoms, including intellectual pursuits, religious beliefs, human rights, ownership through servitude, and warfare over properties. The word renaissance means "revival" or "rebirth".
The Renaissance was a time of reawakening and new experiences, especially in the areas of religion, education, social philosophies, and inventions that made global changes scientific discoveries. There was also a new outlet for tremendous creative expression in the fields of music, sculpture, painting and building. It was indeed marked by a flourishing cultural identity, but at the same time, it was the unashamed pursuit of valuable possessions that set the tone.
A single-syllable word transformed monarchies and fueled land and sea rivalries: “GOLD.” Commerce and international trade provided the enormous fortunes that funded artistic production, and luxury goods. This became important as means of displaying newly acquired wealth and status. It was an urge to OWN, a ceaseless quest for new horizons and exotic treasures. To publicly succeed was a never-ending goal.
The typical “Renaissance Man” was motivated by material objects as well as humanistic principles.
The leaders of the Renaissance society lived in ornate palaces filled with fine paintings, sculpture, marble and stone, porcelain, Venetian glass, silk from China, broadcloth from London, rich velvet, and fine tapestries. Renaissance religious art reflected a belief that only the very best was good enough to honor their sacred subjects. Literature and art mixed a celebration of valuable commodities with sacred themes.
Look through the categories of occupations found on the link below that were common during the time of the Renaissance. You will choose an individual from one of these categories to research on the internet. As an apprentice to this person, your job will be to learn all that you can about your person during his/her life in the Renaissance Era. You will prepare a slide presentation depicting the knowledge you have gained about your person. Each discipline must have a separate slide and each class you are currently taking must be represented (i.e. math, science, history, language arts, and special area classes.)
LINK TO OCCUPATIONS PAGE
on the link below. Choose one of
the categories from the site and then choose 1 person within your chosen
category to research. Follow the
links on the site to help guide your search.