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Lorenzo de Medici

During his rule, his city became the most influential city of the Renaissance movement

Francesco Petrarch

Known as the Father of Humanism

Baldassare Castiglione

Wrote the Courtier (Rules for Proper Conduct)

Niccolo Machiavelli

Wrote The Prince


Wrote The Praise of Folly

Thomas More

Wrote Utopia

Miguel de Cervantes

Wrote Don Quixote

William Shakespeare

Considered the greatest playwright of all time

Giotto di Bondone

Often called the Father of Renaissance Painting


Known for his shading technique that added a 3D aspect

Sandro Botticelli

He depicted forms with bold line and gave clarity and sense of activity to his characters to give them a sense of movement

Leonardo da Vinci

Best example of the so-called Renaissance man


Idealized motherhood in his paintings of sweet-faced Madonnas

Michelangelo Buonarroti

Sculpted the Pietà


Prolific painter known for his use of color and especially remembered for his portraits


His work exhibits a dramatic excitement full of excitement tension and action

Albrecht Dürer

Sometimes called the "Leonardo of the North"

Hans Holbein

He is considered the finest portrait painter of the Northern Renaissance

Jan van Eyck

He was one of the first to use oil paints, a medium that allowed him to achieve greater realism in his painting

Pieter Brueghel

He is best remembered for his genre painting, a type of painting that depicts scenes of everyday life

Lorenzo Ghiberti

The artist who won the contest for decorating the huge doors of the Florence Baptistery

Filippo Brunelleschi

Defeated Ghiberti in a competition to design and construct a dome for the cathedral of Florence

Josquin Deprès

Martin Luther said of him, "He is the master of notes."


Was hailed as the Prince of Music in his day

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