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    Famous People of the Renaissance

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    Baldassare Castiglione
    social writer; The Courtier, a book describing the ideal “Renaissance Man”
    sculptor; poet; architect; painter; David sculpture; painting of the Sistine Chapel ceiling
    classical sculptor; free-standing sculpture of DAVID
    Leonardo da Vinci
    painter; inventor; scientist; MONA LISA; THE LAST SUPPER; known as “The Renaissance Man”
    Raphael Sanzio
    classical painter; SCHOOL OF ATHENS (S.P.A. were hidden in the painting, as well as himself and Michelangelo)
    Sofonisba Anguissola
    woman; painted portraits of her sisters; one painting had women playing chess; 1st woman to gain international reputation
    Artemisia Gentileschi
    woman; trained with and helped painter father; painted strong women; humanist painter
    Giovanni Boccaccio
    Italian writer; individualist; humanist; he wrote everything we know about Dante; DECAMERON (10 people hiding from the plague and each night a different person has to tell a story. Comparable to 1,001 Arabian Nights)
    Niccolo Machiavelli
    political writer and diplomat; THE PRINCE (examines imperfect conduct of humans and how rulers gain power and keep it); “the end always justifies the means” “lie, cheat, & kill” “it’s better to be feared than loved”
    Vittoria Colonna
    woman; poet; exchanged sonnets with Michelangelo; helped publish THE COURTIER
    Albert Dürer
    German painter; main person to bring Renaissance ideas from Italy to North Europe; produced woodcuts and engravings; religious subjects and realistic landscapes
    Hans Holbein
    German painter of portraits; moved to England and painted King Henry VIII; paintings are almost photographic in detail; inspired by Dürer
    Jan van Eyck
    Flemish painter; developed oil-based paintings which is still used today; unusually realistic painter
    Pieter Bruegel
    humanist, realistic painter; painted peasant/everyday life, big groups, weddings, dances, harvests; rich, vivid colors
    Desiderius Erasmus
    Christian humanist of Holland; THE PRAISE OF FOLLY; believed that Christianity was something of the heart, that people should not trust what the Church told them and everyone should study the Bible for themselves
    Sir Thomas More
    Christian humanist of England; King Henry VIII’s BFFL; UTOPIA (“no place”) – the ideal world; wrote in Latin
    Christine de Pizan
    woman; 1st woman to make a living out of writing; spoke out against only sons going to school; THE BOOK OF THE CITY OF LADIES; she asked why men and women are treated differently
    William Shakespeare
    English playwright/writer/poet; showed human flaws in his plays (tradgedies and comedies)
    Johann Gutenberg
    developed a printing press; first book printed was the Bible (THE GUTENBERG BIBLE); books were then cheaper so a lot more people could buy them and so, the literacy rate went up

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