Monday, March 18, 2013

Culture of Italian Renaissance

Describe the culture of Italian renaissance?


Literacy and Poetry:

The thirteenth-century Italian literary revolution helped set the stage for the Renaissance. The Italian language was not the literary language in Italy. It was only in the 13th century that Italian authors began writing in their native language rather than Latin, French, or Provençal. The 1250s saw a major change in Italian poetry as the Dolce Stil Novo (Sweet New Style, which emphasized Platonic rather than courtly love) came into its own, pioneered by poets like Guittone d'Arezzo and Guido Guinizelli. Especially in poetry, major changes in Italian literature had been taking place decades before the Renaissance truly began.

This is a picture of the most 

famous poem during the 

renaissance Italy which is written 

by William Shakespeare. It is 

called "O Never Say That I Was 

False of Heart". It is a really good 

poem which has a beautiful 

meaning. This is a primary source 

because this was kept in the 

museums for people to see how 

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According to some recent scholarship the 'father of modern science' is  Leonardo da Vinci whose experiments and clear scientific method earn him this title, but it would not be until the Renaissance moved to Northern Europe that science would be revived, with such figures as Copernicus, Francis Bacon, and Descartes. Eventually, Galileo brought scientific thought back to Italy. 


Sculpture and painting

The Italian Renaissance in painting began anew, in Florence and Tuscany, with the frescos of Masaccio, then the panel paintings and frescos of Piero della Francesca and Paolo Uccello which began to enhance the realism of their work by using new techniques in perspective, thus representing three dimensions in two-dimensional art more authentically. The creation of credible space allowed artists to also focus on the accurate representation of the human body and on naturalistic landscapes.Compared to the flatness of Gothic painting, his pictures were revolutionary. At the turn of the 16th century, especially in Northern Italy, artists also began to use new techniques in the manipulation of light and darkness, such as the tone contrast evident in many of Titian's portraits and the development of Matsumoto and chiaroscuro by Leonardo da Vinci and Giorgione. The period also saw the first secular (non- religious) themes. renaissance/culture.html

This is a sculpture of Apollo and Daphne. This masterpiece was sculptured by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The meaning of this sculpture is Daphne being turned into a laurel tree, pursued in vain by Apollo god of light. This is a primary source and it is one of the famous sculptures during the Renaissance.


Music was also popular during that time. People preferred the songs with just music made by instruments. They used number of instruments to make music and the songs are fascinating and amazing to hear.

Here is a YouTube Video Clip of one of the songs during the Italian Renaissance

This video clip shows us how the music sounded like back then and it a primary source. 


  1. Excellent range of information regarding several aspects to renaissance culture. Some of the sources I have added to my blog may also be of benefit to you.

    1. Thank you miss and i saw all of those sources on your blog and they are really helpful!!! Thank you very much for those sources miss they helped me alot!!! and i am going to use them in my next enquiry question :)

  2. An excellent range of topics added to explain the cultural emphasis of the renaissance.

  3. Sowmya, could you tell me who has taken the class for the last two lessons and do you know if Rhahana and Caitlin have been at school? Thank you.

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    2. Mrs Bugeja was there with us during history today...but i dont know the teacher who took our class on Tuesday...sorry about that miss...And Caitlin didnt come to school today, she came on tuesday but as far as i know Rhahana came to school today and the on Tuesday!! :)

  4. Thank you. Could you ask the teacher tomorrow to remind the class that their blogs need to be completed by Monday? Could you also ask the teacher to let the class know that the new topic should be added to their current blog - not to create a new one. Thank you for your help.

    1. I am so sorry miss but i am not going to school tomorrow as i am really sick...if you like i can tell julia or dylan to tell the class about it..i am really sorry about that

  5. I hope you are feeling better soon. Yes, could you ask Dylan to ask the teacher for me? Thank you

  6. Thank you miss...i sent message to dylan's phone and i sent her message on facebook, i am just waiting for her reply.