Examines Renaissance art as a reflection of the culture of the period which lasted from the fourteenth to the mid-seventeenth century, and includes discussion of selected artists, and examples of their work.
- The In World History Series is a unique combination of biography and history.
- Each title in the series depicts a significant fascinating historical event or era in dramatic detail while featuring a person from that event or era.
The Prince, Niccol Machiavelli's handbook on power-how to get it and how to keep it-has been enormously influential in the centuries since it was written, garnering a heady mixture of admiration, fear, and contempt. Its author, born to an established middle-class family, was no prince himself. Machiavelli (1469-1527) worked as a courtier and diplomat for the Republic of Florence and enjoyed some small fame in his time as the author of bawdy plays and poems. Upon the Medici's return to power, however, he found himself summarily dismissed from the government he had served for decades and exiled from the city where he was born.
We think of ambassadors as simply diplomats-but once they were adventurers who dared an uncertain fate in unknown lands, bringing gifts of greyhounds and elephants to powerful and unpredictable leaders. In vivid detail, The Ambassadors traces the remarkable journeys of these emissaries, taking us from the linguistically challenged Greek Megasthenes to the first Japanese embassies to China and Korea; from Mohammed's ambassadors to Egypt to the envoys of Byzantium, who had the unenviable task of convincing Attila the Hun to stop attacking them. We also witness the dialogue between Europe and Moorish Spain, and meet the ill-fated envoys sent in search of the mythical king Prester John.
The sculptors of the Italian Renaissance transformed their Classical and regional heritage. From about 1260 to 1600, these masters introduced revolutionary innovations in freestanding figures and portraits, while on reliefs convincing perspective was rendered for the first time, predating its use in painting. The Renaissance notion of the artist as genius is vividly embodied in contemporary sculptors, from Nicola Pisano through Brunelleschi and Donatello to Michelangelo and Giambologna. Roberta Olson surveys the extraordinary artistic achievements of the period, which were to affect for ever after the practice of Western art.
Most visitors converge on Florence for the single-minded purpose of experiencing and enjoying the world's most revered collection of Renaissance paintings produced by the hands of revered virtuosos such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Boticelli, and Raphael. A Renaissance Painter's Studio, however, has as its focus insightful glimpses into the working lives of master painters to reveal how they painted their masterpieces, who paid for them, what life was like working inside their studios, how they made their paints and brushes, their personal lives, and a myriad of other insights into their everyday lives.
This resource brings the people and the events of the Renaissance and Reformation to life for today's students. "Renaissance and Reformation: Primary Sources" allows students to study 18 full or excerpted speeches, diary entries, newspaper and magazine articles, poems and documents.
Written in 1513 for the Medici, following their return to power in Florence, The Prince is a handbook on ruling and the exercise of power. It remains as relevant today as it was in the sixteenth century. Widely quoted in the Press and in academic publications, The Prince has direct relevance to the issues of business and corporate governance confronting global corporations as they enter a new millennium.