Machiavelli opens The Prince with a dedication to Lorenzo ‘The Magnificent’ de Medici. Machiavelli adopts a remarkably deferential tone which highlights the power gap between himself and the ruler of Florence. The author emphasizes his social inferiority and presents his writing as beneath Medici “I judge this work unworthy to come into your presence” (10). Yet, Machiavelli aims to legitimize his counsel to the eyes of Medici for advising him is the highest political position that Machiavelli may aspire to reach for he was born a commoner. With that in mind, the author underlines that Medici would benefit from the outlook of a well-read ordinary citizen like Machiavelli. He illustrates his argument with a metaphor placing princes on the mountain peaks and himself in adjacent valleys: “those who draw maps of countries put themselves low down on the plain to observe the natures of mountains and of places high above, and to observe that of low places put themselves high up on mountain tops” (10). He infers that in public affairs, perception
The Renaissance was a period in time where everything started to change after the middle ages. During this historical period humans stared evolving by becoming smarter and inventing useful recourses that have changed the world. The renaissance was a life changing period which brought more joy to the world after conquering the dark ages. The Renaissance changed man’s view on the world by using Art, Science and Literature to make humans brighter and because of the rapid information they were gaining.
The Renaissance was a period of artistic brilliance that was born from the ruins of Europe after being ravaged by the horror of the bubonic plague or black death. The Renaissance was a cultural movement based on humanist values derived by great philosophers the most notable being Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. this movement lasted from the 14th to 17th centuries and in these years some of the greatest artists the world has ever seen were sponsored commissioned by the wealthy patrons of the Renaissance. Although nobody can argue that the works of the most famous painters and sculptors were incredible some of the less known Renaissance artists and scientists accomplished just as incredible artistic feats and are far less known for their work than say people like DA Vinci and Michelangelo or Raphael or Donatello one of
Catherine de Medici was a powerful woman in the Renaissance era. Perhaps one of the most powerful regents to date. She tore through France in the 1500’s and left a direct effect on the men and women around her. Catherine went against the known system by vicariously ruling through King Henry II . Catherine de Medici was significant to history because she ruled France as a powerful regent for nearly thirty years, she was partly responsible for the horrors of the French wars of Religion, and she was a very profitable patron.
Lorenzo De’ Medici encouraged and supported one of the greatest artist periods in time, the last decade of his reign of Florence was the highlight of artistic contributions to the Renaissance. The Renaissance gave people a chance to make something of themselves from practically nothing, your position in society was not determined by heredity anymore. The De’ Medici family was a great example of this, through immense trade and business skills, they made Florence become the artistic culture capital of Europe. Lorenzo De’ Medici only added to this, he captivated the artistic potential of many well known artists today, such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Lorenzo had a great deal of political power, “Under his control, the Florentine economy expanded significantly and the lower class
The Renaissance had an overall huge impact on people’s perspectives of themselves, through art, astronomy, and literature. People changed from being afraid to sin and listening to only the church, believing humans were good for nothing and sinful, to humanist achievers who embraced philosophy and promotion of individuals. People were no longer ashamed of showing their bodies for art, or worrying about it being a sin. People no longer blindly followed along behind the church. Man was
During the Renaissance period in Italy, diverse ideas that had a lasting impact on the world were developed. First of all, families went through complicated concepts, such as humanist literature, religious discipline, and gender rights without equal opportunities for both sexes. However, the concepts of masculinity and femininity were a huge issue in the 14th and 15th centuries. Florence, a major city in Italy, began to offer new buildings of the great architectural works of the times, where wealthy salesman hired people to show their skills and do their most inspired work. In fact, most of them needed constant effort to
Michelangelo had a gigantic influence on the renaissance. He was a master at both painting and sculpting, he also was an architect, engineer, and poet. During his day he was unbeatable in his painting and sculpting skills. He had many artist study under him and help him with painting the Sistine Chapel in Vatican, but none were on par with him.
Leonardo da Vinci was the most influential Renaissance artist because he used scientific observations in art by studying human anatomy, observing nature, and using realism in his pieces. By bringing science into the art world, da Vinci made progress in observations and inventions that would be and become relevant to modern day. Da Vinci was known as a “Renaissance man” (an man and artist with many curiosities). Not only did he study art, but he wanted to learn more about technology, nature and anatomy. His interest in anatomy led Da Vinci to perform dissections on cadavers (corpses) to learn more about the human body. In his research, Leonardo learned more about how to draw the human body in a realistic way, something that previous artists
The Renaissance is a period in Europe from the 14th to 17th century. It was considered the time between the Middle Ages and modern history. It all started as a cultural movement in Italy in the late Medieval period and later spread to the rest of Europe, which started the beginning of the Early Modern Age. There are many highly interesting periods of history but the level of artistic and architectural production during this time is amazing. So much that centuries later they continue to capture the public 's imagination. Not only is the period highly engaging but it teaches us the power of looking into the past for insights and inspiration. It also shows the importance of continual imagination. Also, the Renaissance thrived by connecting
In The Renaissance James A. Corrick introduces the reader about the period of time when a cultural movement was introduced first in Italy and marked the rebirth of old Greek and Roman culture and society. This led to the advancement in science, art, technology, education, economics, and politics. The Renaissance began in Italy in the 1300s, throughout much of Europe during the next three hundred years. The author’s purpose is to inform and entertain the reader about the amazing accomplishments that many people achieved during this period of time. He is not refuting or showing the reader a specific viewpoint, but he produces a straightforward factual explanation about the past.
During the Renaissance, there was a lot of artworks and creations. The art varied from paintings to sculptures. some of the famous artists during this time were Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello. These artists have created amazing works and have more than likely inspired many artists around the world today. These artists have created a huge impact on the importance of art along with giving more of a historic background. Each artist paints and or sculpts pieces that show human emotions, religious symbolism, and extreme detail.
During the Renaissance, all that had came from the middle ages had started to change, they wanted new things. This opened up change for art, stance on religion and many more changes that the Renaissance needed. Except some things just can’t be replaced, which is a strong leadership so he can lead his people or country to victory no matter the task. Lorenzo de Medici, however, was not that man. He relied on kindness and intelligence to lead his people, which was not always the right choice. Machiavelli noticed this and offord to teach him how to lead correctly, writing what he called, The Prince.
Viewing themselves as heirs to Ancient Rome, the Florentines spearheaded the Humanist movement, believing that they were the ideal city state to inherit Rome’s prestige. They not only wanted to be like Rome, they wanted to become Rome, a centre for the arts as well as politics. This interest in the Greco-Roman style of art is what led to the advancement in sculptural technique. Additionally, there was a surge in patriotism due to the end of the plague and a break in the war against Milan. In celebration, the Florentines decided to beautify the city, to display their growing power. Another reason for decorating Florence however, was so that the citizens could show their solidarity towards their community and give back to city which they so dearly loved. Such civic values not only inspired the citizens, but also the sculptors, especially Donatello, with his creation of David. He stood for Florence and her liberty. For triumph over tyranny. However, the fight was not over yet, as Florence would have to face off against tyranny once again in the next
After going through the histories of Julius Caesar, Caesar Augustus, the Medici’s, Pazzi’s and the Doge, Supreme Council, I learned that the leadership that existed in the ancient days was based on who owned the cities. It is clear how Julius Caesar was elected and later on became successful and wealthy in politics as well as in military within the Republic. Caesar Augustus was another leader who was chosen by the people and gained supremacy in Rome. Monarchy leadership was practiced in states like Rome. Political, economic, and social statuses of the leaders were the main determinants for the cities’ conditions. Cosimo de’ Medici was played a significant role in making the family rise in power between 1389 and 1464. He was a wealthy leader