Renaissance Essay Topics

Rome and Milan During the Renaissance

The Renaissance is a period in the history of Europe beginning in about 1400. The word “Renaissance” in French means rebirth. During the Renaissance, there were many famous artists, many writers and many philosophers. Many people studied mathematics and different sciences. A person who is knowledgeable in many different things is sometimes called a “Renaissance… View Article

Dance history

Ballet is a form of dancing performed for theatre audiences. Like other dance forms, ballet may tell a story, express a mood, or simply reflect the music. But a ballet dancer’s technique (way of performing) and special skills differ greatly from those of other dancers. Ballet dancers perform many movements that are unnatural for the… View Article

Renaissance Humanism

The Northern European and Italian renaissance period was a time of rebirth of Greek and roman studies, arts, and culture. The people of this time period were call humanists or people who studied Greek and Roman classics and works. The humanism movement not only influenced culture, but it also influenced how the individual was perceived…. View Article

Renaissance Humanism

Renaissance means to be born again. The Renaissance was a period of cultural and intellectual rebirth for Europe; it started in Italy in the 14th century and lasted until the 17th century. Humanism was a very important piece of the Renaissance. This period happened just after the Middle ages which is dated from 400 to… View Article

Landscape and Setting in Room with a View

Consider how important a role description of landscape and setting play in the two novels you have studied. You should make detailed reference to your core text A Room with a View and wider reference to your partner text, The Remains of the Day. Forster makes it evident that the roles of landscape and setting… View Article

The Changes of Art During the Renaissance

Art changed in many ways starting with one of the main points is that they started showing more depth in the painting making it more 3D like. This made it more interesting for the people and made them appreciate the artists more. They also changed by using perspective, which meant they showed a better way… View Article

Painting Analysis at the National Gallery of Canada

On a recent field trip to the National Art Gallery in Ottawa, as a class, we looked at some paintings. The painting that stood out to me was Simone Martini’s painting titled St. Catherine of Alexandria. We have been studying the Renaissance period and this one was identifiable instantly. For our class assignment, we are… View Article

Documents’ Review: Machiavelli and Della Mirandola

The two articles written by Niccolo Machiavelli and Pico Della Mirandola was set during the European Movement, Renaissance, during the fourteenth century until the sixteenth century. The renaissance movement was a period of reawakening or rebirth in culture after the dreadful events during the Middle Ages, also known as the dark ages. The text written… View Article

The Renaissance & Erasmus

The Renaissance was a period of great change, characterized by a revision of many concepts and the birth of many ideas. One of the greatest scholars of this time was Desiderius Erasmus. He was born in Rotterdam, Holland. His birth name was Gerrit . He attended the school of the Brothers of the Common Life… View Article

Women in the Renaissance

“What was life like for Renaissance women? ” “If you were a woman in that time, would you have liked it? ” and “How was the treatment towards women? ” Questions like these keep pestering my mind as I research about the Renaissance. It is preposterous at how little freedom women were given compared to… View Article

Analysis of “The School of Athens” by Raphael

Raphael, the youngest of the three great artists who defined the Italian High Renaissance, was born in the small yet artistically significant Central Italian city of Urbino. It seems that Raphael attained his natural gift of creativity from his father who was a poet and a painter. Orphaned at an early age, Raphael was sent… View Article

What Changed During the Renaissance and Reformation?

Many things changed during the Renaissance and reformation. The peoples’ prospective changed due to the major changes that came about. The three main things that changed were art, religious views, and the printing press. Each one of these changes made a significant difference in shaping the future of the world. At that period of time… View Article

The American Renaissance

One of the most prominent conflicts in the works of Edgar Allan Poe is that between the past, the present and the future. Almost all of his protagonists have to choose between adhering to and deviating from established practices and or face the consequences of past crimes or sins. In The Fall of the House… View Article

Oration on the Dignity of Man

“Oration on the Dignity of Man” by Pico Mirandola offers its readers and interesting and innovating for those times look into the mind of the praised Renaissance period. In the oration Mirandola is willing to show that human quest for knowledge is important, especially if it is framed in neo-Platonic views. Mirandola assumes that it… View Article

Birth of Venus

The work that I have chosen from Chapter 19 is Thomas Cole’s The Oxbow (Connecticut River near Northampton) (1836) on page 462. Principles of Design: • The focal point of the painting is the sun-drenched valley and river. The emphasis comes from the diagonal of the tree to the left that directs the view of… View Article

Mad Blood Stirring: Vendetta in Renaissance Italy

Written by Edward Muir, this powerful microhistory analyses the events during 1511 in the town of Friuli, Italy at the time of the carnival. Muir’s thesis for his book, Mad Blood Stirring comes together in separate parts throughout his introduction. Firstly, Muir attempts to establish the importance of the Venetian rule over the province and… View Article

Technology 1450-1750

Technological advances during the period 1450-1750, or the Renaissance Era, were major influences to the way of life seen today. The ships, tools for traveling, especially the ones made Portugal and Spain all Impact society today, allowing for the age of exploration to emerge. All these tools proved prosperous but known more important than the… View Article

Comparing 600-1450 & 1450-1750

Periods of time have always been changing and evolving. The 600 to 1450 era had some similarities to the following era, the 1450 to the 1750; though as said before, there were the changes also. Many continuities and breaks occurred between both periods. There were the changes in their trading systems, the technology, their global… View Article

Leon Battista Alberti

Leon Battista Alberti, born in the 15th Century originally from Genoa was educated at Padua and Bologna in classics, mathematics and Church canon law. He was a typical Humanist and his education also made him well-versed in philosophy, science and the arts. In 1421, he attended the University of Bologna where he studied law, which… View Article

The Making of the Middle Ages

Personally, when thinking of the middle Ages, I tend to have the misconception that it is a period of darkness with no progress. However, R.W. Southern’s book, ‘The Making of the Middle Ages’, offers an in depth study of the development of history in the world today. Observing that this book was published during the… View Article

From the Middle Ages through the Renaissance

The earliest monument of the High Gothic was the cathedral of Notre-Dame at Chartres, where flying buttresses were designed from the beginning so that the balconies were needless. This simplified the interior elevations to three partitions; the nave arcade, the triforium passage and the clerestory windows. In the process, the clerestory windows improved noticeably in… View Article

From the Middle Ages through the Renaissance

Artists bringing designs, paintings, choreography and music to life shapes the history of the Middle Ages. Middle Ages began from the very earliest single digit centuries. Middle Ages and Renaissance Age’s culture centered around religion. Religion was the purpose of all art. Artists living during the Middle and Renaissance ages created paintings, sculptures, music and… View Article

Humanism and the Renaissance + Protestant Reformation

The later Middle Ages is characterized as a time of great transition and advancement, especially pertaining to areas of politics, economics, art and intellect. A new trend towards the pursuit of new knowledge and ideas first emerged in fifteenth century Renaissance Italy. This new area of intellect marks the emergence of humanism, which essentially came… View Article

Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day

The great masters of the Renaissance — da Vinci, Michelangelo, et al. — if asked by the House of Medici, the Holy Father or any other influential patron of the visual arts to put a “rush job” on their masterpieces, would’ve probably dropped their palettes, chisels and other tools of the trade and wryly replied,… View Article

Josquin Des Prez

In the following paper, I will prove that Josquin’s Miserere is that of “typical” sixteenth century piece. While the Miserere has been noted as anything but typical, for use in this paper “typical” will be defined as “possessing all the qualities” of a sixteenth century five-voiced motet. I will demonstrate that Josquin adhered to the… View Article

Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was inarguably a great mind of the Renaissance, a period of European civilisation where revival of classical learning and wisdom took place after a long period of cultural decline and stagnation. He was an Italian painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer whose talents reflected the diversity of achievements of the Italian Renaissance…. View Article

Giovanni Boccaccio

Im going to write an essay on Giovanni Bocccaccio and tell about him and his works and their affect to the middle-age literature and the literature today. As my sources Im going to use the illustrated history of Europe, wikipedia, http://www.middle-ages.org.uk/giovanni-boccaccio.htm and http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Giovanni_Boccaccio.aspx. Who was Giovanni Boccaccio? When did he live? What is he known… View Article

Philosophy “Divergent Currents of Humanism”

The nationalities rooted in different traditions and perhaps owed something to old trunks differences Latinos and barbarians, took shape especially the divergence of economic interests and natural conditions of Italy and Germany. Italian Humanism meant more than a break with the past, Italy was consumed in glorious extravagance and soon returned to agriculture and to… View Article

Modernist and Harlem Renaissance

The Modernist movement in American literature was a movement which reached its peak around the turn of the nineteenth century and through to the nineteen forties. The attributes which defined Modernist literature were those which formed a notable departure from realist modes in fiction and resulted in deeper, more introspective — and often eccentric —… View Article

Times Roman and World Cultures

Self-Portraits. Journal. The Renaissance artists Titian, Rembrandt, and Durer have each painted self-portraits. Imagine yourself as one of these artists (or another artist of your choice that has painted a self-portrait) and write a journal expressing your thoughts on “your” art (in other words, the journal entries the artist would probably write.) (1) Explain “your”… View Article