Renaissance 1

Humanities – Italy: Humanism and the Birth of the Renaissance (1300-1425)

A visual and interactive history of the Italian Renaissance: Part 1.
In order to understand why and how the Renaissance was born in Florence, Italy, we go back to the 14th century. We start from the Humanistic culture of late Medieval Florence (Dante, Boccaccio, Salutati), we analyze the important innovations of artists such as Giotto, Pisano and Arnolfo di Cambio who paved the way for the beginning of the Renaissance and we discover the importance of the communal pride of Florence, Siena and Padua in the rediscovery of the ancient Roman and Greek culture.
Then we’ll focus on the works of art that gave birth to the Renaissance: Ghiberti’s baptistery gates and Donatello’s Orsanmichele statues for sculpture, Brunelleschi’s Dome and Spedale degli Innocenti for architecture, Masaccio’s Trinity and Brancacci Chapel for painting.

  • The Origins of Humanism 
  • Early Renaissance
  • The Climax of the Renaissance 
  • Mannerism and Late Renaissance
  • The Origins of the Baroque Culture

Rome, Tivoli, Florence, Siena, Padua, Venice

  • Rome
  • Trevi Fountain, Saint Peter in Vatican, Santa Maria del Popolo, Santa Maria della Pace, Sant’Agostino, Villa Farnesina, Bramante’s Cloister, Michelangelo’s Moses, Piazza del Campidoglio, Castel Sant’Angelo, Trinità dei Monti and Spanish Steps, Farnese Gardens, Fountains of Piazza Navona, Piazza del Popolo, Caravaggio’s Churches and more…  
  • Tivoli
  • Villa D’Este
  • Florence
  • Piazza della Signoria, Dante’s Neighborhood, Florence’s Cathedral, Brunelleschi’s Dome, Spedale degli Innocenti, San Lorenzo & Medici Chapels, Medici Palace, Santa Maria Novella, Santa Croce, Brancacci Chapel, San Marco, Orsanmichele, Ponte Vecchio and more…
  • Siena
  • Piazza del Campo, Duomo, Baptistry, Piccolomini Library
  • Padua
  • Giotto’s Scrovegni Chapel, Mantegna’s Ovetari Chapel, Donatello’s Gattamelata, and more…
  • Venice 
  • San Marco Square, Ducale Palace, the Renaissance palaces of Canal Grande, San Zaccaria, santa Maria dei Miracoli, the great paintings and cycles of frescoes by Bellini, Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese, Palladio’s San Giorgio, and more…

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