The Renaissance

Vocabulary terms for the unit on the Renaissance from StudentsofHistory.org.
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Humanism
An intellectual movement that focused on human potential and achievements
Renaissance Man
An individual with great knowledge, well rounded, artistic, and good at many things.
Secular
Concerned with worldly rather than spiritual matters
Patron
Financial supporter of the arts.
Medici
Powerful banking family who ruled Florence in the 1400s, patrons of the arts.
Apprentice
A person who works for another in order to learn a trade.
Sistine Chapel
Beautiful chapel whose ceiling was painted by Michelangelo.
Perspective
An artistic technique that creates the appearance of three dimensions on a flat surface.
Mona Lisa
Famous Renaissance painting by Leonardo Da Vinci of a European woman.
Last Supper
Renaissance painting of the meal Jesus ate with his disciples on the night before he died.
The Prince
Machiavelli written book in 1513 about how a ruler should hold onto power.
Vernacular
Everyday language of ordinary people.
Northern Renaissance
When the Renaissance shifted and moved to France, Germany, and England.