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Ch 7: Art & Culture in the Renaissance

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Brush up on your understanding of the events of the Renaissance period, including the artists who made an impact. Get the facts on the rise of banking, political changes and inventions that led to major world changes.

Art & Culture in the Renaissance - Chapter Summary

Let us help you review information on the events that took place in Europe during the Renaissance and how they altered the world's trajectory. Our expert instructors will help you review the important painters and sculptors of the period, and you'll examine the political happenings of the time. Social changes, such as the invention of modern banking, are discussed, along with religious movements, including the Spanish Inquisition. Two inventions that had a great impact, the compass and the printing press, are examined as well. After watching these lessons, you should know more about topics such as:

  • Painting, architecture and sculpture of the Renaissance
  • The House of Medici and banking
  • The rise of parliament
  • England's Wars of the Roses
  • Leonard Da Vinci and his work
  • Reconquista and the Inquisition in Spain
  • The compass and the voyages of Columbus
  • Impact of the printing press

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9 Lessons in Chapter 7: Art & Culture in the Renaissance
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The Renaissance Timeline: Events Overview

1. The Renaissance Timeline: Events Overview

In this lesson, we will build an outline of the historical events which flow together to form the time periods of the Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Discovery, and the Elizabethan era.

Renaissance Art: Artists, Paintings, Sculptures & Architecture

2. Renaissance Art: Artists, Paintings, Sculptures & Architecture

In this lesson, we will be discussing Renaissance art, focusing primarily on paintings, sculptures, and architecture. We will also be learning how humanism affected the art of this time period.

The House of Medici: Rise and Fall of a Banking Family

3. The House of Medici: Rise and Fall of a Banking Family

This lesson will focus on the Medici family of Florence, Italy. It will explain their rise to power through banking. It will also highlight their influence on the Renaissance era and how they gained influence without violence.

The Birth of Parliament: Monarchs vs. the Aristocracy

4. The Birth of Parliament: Monarchs vs. the Aristocracy

This lesson will focus on the rise of monarchies during the Renaissance, highlighting the interactions of these monarchies with the church and the aristocracy.

England's Wars of the Roses

5. England's Wars of the Roses

This lesson will focus on England's Wars of the Roses. It will highlight the key figures from both the Houses of York and Lancaster. It will also identify the importance of the divine right of kings.

Leonardo da Vinci: Biography

6. Leonardo da Vinci: Biography

This lesson will focus on the life of Leonardo da Vinci. It will highlight his career as an artist, an inventor, a scientist and a student of the human form. It will also include many of his most famous works.

Reconquista and Spanish Inquisition

7. Reconquista and Spanish Inquisition

This lesson will explain the Spanish Reconquista and the Spanish Inquisition. It will focus on the reasons for each, specifically highlighting the role of Ferdinand and Isabella, and the tortures they allowed.

How the Compass Helped Columbus

8. How the Compass Helped Columbus

This lesson will explore the use of the compass during Columbus' voyages to the New World. It will highlight the navigational techniques of dead reckoning and celestial navigation. It will also review the voyages of Columbus.

How the Printing Press Changed the World

9. How the Printing Press Changed the World

When you think of inventions that changed the world, you may think of farming tools or the wheel, or even the Internet. However, few can truly compare to the humble printing press.

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