an intellectual movement that advocated the study of history and literature as a chief means of identifying with the glories of the ancient world.
1304 - 1374
Italian scholar, poet and early humanist. His sonnets debunked the Medieval conceptions and stereotypes of people. Supposedly the first Humanist
1313 - 1375
Wrote the Decameron, a short story about the lies of people living during the Black Death. The book focused on people's responses to the plague rather than God's wrath.
Pico della Mirandola
1463 - 1494
Italian Renaissance humanist philosopher and scholar. Authored the "Oration on the Dignity of Man," which became known as "manifesto of the Renaissance." Man has unlimited potential, and with his free will can be anything he wants to be.
1466 - 1536
Dutch humanist and theologian. "Handbook of a Christian Knight"
Sir Thomas More
1478 - 1535
English lawyer, writer, and politician. Devout Catholic who wrote "Utopia"
1350 - 1600
A renewed interest in science and experimentation and a focus on the importance of living well in the present as opposed to the afterlife as promoted by the Church.
Gutenberg Printing Press
Johannes Gutenberg created a printing press with movable type
Leonardo da Vinci
15 April 1452 - 2 May 1519
was known as one of the great masters of the High Renaissance, as a result of his innovations in both art and science.
March 6, 1475 - February 18, 1564
One of the most prominent and important artists of the Renaissance.
1483 - 1520
Famous painter and architect during the Renaissance
The Prince (Machiaveli)
A political treatise by Niccolo Machiavelli, was basically a "how to be a successful national leader for Dummies"