Hon 110 Notes 5 2 11 - Hon 110 Notes Renaissance Broader...

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Hon 110 Notes 5/2/11 Renaissance Broader concepts of the Renaissance During the Renaissance connection between power, culture, and fame Age to rediscover world view and arts European society rose from the 14 th century Two main drives True revolution Begin in Italy spread out in Europe Also expansion of Europe in other worlds Reform of culture took many forms Culture, language Europeans finally discovered sense of culture in the world Things are going well Development of thinking – call it Renaissance Still in confusion of taking the term Renaissance
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Individuals show concern in the worldly light Renaissance was a radical and comprehensive changes Late 14 th to early 16 th century Remarkable achievements Origins of Renaissance – Italy Cities These cities became wealthy through trade and commerce Four largest cities in Europe was in Italy except in France, Paris Prosperous merchants and traders Marine insurance Credit systems Bill exchanges Developed clocks and eyeglasses Banks and bankers were leading financiers Venice so wealthy, collect finances and taxes more than King of England Top of secular heap
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Cities were not ruled by kings, run by group of elite individuals Strong sense of competition In cities, and cities against cities Merchants in Italy – something new Nothing connected to medieval people Express power by art Emphasis on effort and talent and merit Don’t claim by birth, instead look to culture to provide justifications of power Example of uses of art Use art in many different ways – enhance powers Instead of buying armor Patronize art Sounds like a little bit of Greece Italian society modern obsession of conspicuous consumption Italy provided the ideal environment of capitalistic middle class Renaissance many ways apprehension of prosperous and self ware businessman/merchants Look around for power and wealth –
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Renaissance began as literary movement not artistic Began with Greek and Roman text/literature -seek of manuscript Renaissance scholars developed new way to read ancient works Read own values and what had to say Not to find Christian values Looked at own worth Something to relate to Petrarch (1304 – 1374) Writer, poet, and scholar Began Renaissance in a way Felt he was living in a new period of light Following long and long night of dark ages Darken gloom German tribes had come in - cause a break in Roman Empire – issue dark age of man 1000 years since Middle Age of man New birth Period of light Light of civilization being rekindled New Golden Age Nothing is more symbolic than attitudes of life Artificial constructions of historians – figure out how to put time
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Did not do that Say that we are in a Renaissance, a new age Petrarch interested in anything Roman Felt Medieval Latin was artificial and awkward Began study of classical Latin Attitude described only individualism Emerged humanism Humanism and individualism and secularism (big isms in renaissance)
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