Venetian traveler who explored Asia in the 13th century and served Kublai Khan (1254-1324)
a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly)
Cosimo de' Medici
In 1443 he took control of the city. The Medici family ran the government from behind the scenes. using their wealth and personal influence, cosimo and later his son
The great period of rebirth in art, literature, and learning in the 14th-16th centuries, which marked the transition into the modern periods of European history
a renaissance intellectual movement in which thinkers studied classical texts and focused on human potential and achievements
an Italian poet famous for writing the Divine Comedy that describes a journey through hell and purgatory and paradise guided by Virgil and his idealized Beatrice (1265-1321)
Italian Renaissance writer, described government in the way it actually worked (ruthless). He wrote The Prince (the end justifies the mean).
the appearance of things relative to one another as determined by their distance from the viewer
Florentine sculptor and painter and architect
Leonardo da Vinci
Italian Renaissance artist that painted The Last Supper and Mona Lisa, he was also an engineer, architect, sculptor, and scientist.
"Father of Humanism." studied classical Greek and Latin. introduced emotion in "Sonnets to Laura"
German printer who was the first in Europe to print using movable type and the first to use a press (1400-1468)
a movement that developed in northern Europe during the renaissance combining classical learning with the goal of reforming the catholic church
Priest from the Netherlands that wanted to combine humanism and Christianity
a leading German painter and engraver of the Renaissance (1471-1528)
Miguel de Cervantes
Author of Don Quixote who was believed to write the book in order to mock chivalry or to write about an idealistic person who longs for romantic past because is frustrated with material world.
English poet and dramatist considered one of the greatest English writers (1564-1616)