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04.09 The Birth of New Ideas: Module Project
Transcript of 04.09 The Birth of New Ideas: Module Project
By: Mark Wiegreffe
The Louvre is perhaps one of the biggest museums in France. The Louvre has prized positions, including the "Mona Lisa," a famous painting by William Shakespeare; Shakespeare was a talented artist during the renaissance. He helped bring back some forgotten about art techniques.
The Sacré-Coeur is a basilica in Paris. Many tourists love the view of the basilica during sunset. The gargantuan sized domes are an architectural achievement brought on by the renaissance.
Place Vendôme shows some architectural advancement from the renaissance. The column in the center of the courtyard is a landmark to the palace. Columns were designed during the renaissance and became fashionable.
Christopher Columbus sailed during the European Age of Exploration for Spain. This monument of Columbus in Madrid shows a stone carving of Columbus to honor him. Columbus is perhaps most famous for his efforts that led to the discovery of N. America. Although he thought he had reached India, Columbus is still credited with the discovery.
El Greco - The Burial of the Count of Orgaz
This famous renaissance painting: El Greco - The Burial of the Count of Orgaz would not have even been painted before the renaissance. This is because of the loss of perspective during the middle ages. Perspective is a painting technique that was revived during the renaissance. Although the image is two-dimensional, it appears to have a third dimension to it.
This gorgeous cathedral in Madrid, Spain is more than worthy to be considered renaissance architecture. On the top of the cathedral is a large dome. The dome was an architectural feat during the renaissance. Aside from that, the plethora of columns along the front show renaissance influence as well.
Perhaps the signature landmark in London, the Palace of Westminster is fancy and a fantastic landmark. Its architectural nature is defiantly renaissance inspired. All around the outside, there are columns! If I had to guess, there are probably over 1,000 columns total.
Palace of Westminster
The London Eye
What is finer to see than the London Eye?
This ginormous, spinning ferris wheel might make you think of a fair, but this ferris wheel is like no other. This really shows how much architecture has changed! During the renaissance, folks thought it was cool to have domed ceilings, but now we have spinning ferris wheels!
You may think that this basilica is in Rome, but think again. This is actually inside of Vatican City, a City-State smack dab in the middle of Rome! Recall from Module 4 that a City-State is a large community that has the same operational government as an independent country, but usually is only the territory of one city. The massive dome is all thanks to the renaissance! Renaissance, without you, there would be no domes!
Dome on St. Peter's Basilica
The Colosseum is a very famous landmark in Rome! This old, crumbing piece of history is an example of how times have changed. In ancient Rome, folks were entertained with bloody battles in the Colosseum.
The Pantheon is simply a feat of architecture. Even today having a look at this gargantuan-sized dome is remarkable. This dome is the best example of renaissance architecture. Before the renaissance, a feat like this would've been impossible and rediculas to accomplish.
St. Mark's Basilica
What better to see in Europe than a basilica? They are scattered across the continent of Europe and they are beautiful. This basilica shows plenty of all of the types of renaissance architecture. Domes & columns cover the outside. Ancient religious paintings scatter the empty spots. How cool!
A cool fact about Venice is how it has no roads! It's hard to imagine a major city with no roads, but in Venice, transportation is water based. Gondola tours are a cool and fun way to take a tour of Venice. Small canals scattered like veins throughout the city are highways for these peaceful gondola rides.
Doge's Palace is a palace centered in Venice. This masterpiece features column after column all across the outside. Inside are fantastic paintings and sculptures. This palace is a priceless piece of authentic Venice.
Shakespeare's Globe Theater
Shakespeare is perhaps one of the biggest names in history. When I hear, "Shakespeare," I think of a theater. Shakespeare lived in London during the renaissance and wrote wonderful plays. His globe theater is located in London, England, and literally speaks the word renaissance.
Paris is a major city in France that is a large patron of art and architecture. The Louvre in Paris has many famous renaissance paintings such as the Mona Lisa. Paris is also a major site for Renaissance architecture. Many buildings feature domes and columns.
Madrid is perhaps the city we owe the most thanks to. Columbus, the explorer credited with discovering N. America, sailed for Spain. For that, Spain earns a big high-five. Spain also features some art with perspective. Many buildings in Madrid have large domes--an invention from the renaissance.
Besides London being a beautiful metropolitan city, London is where the renowned writer Shakespeare is from. London's Globe Theater is Shakespeare's original home. London is filled with beautiful architecture such as the Palace of Westminster. The Palace is packed with columns all around the perimeter.
Let's remember how much of an influence religion had during the renaissance. Vatican City is a city-state inside of Rome! This small city-state has had ultimate authority over many people throughout time. History would be completely different if this small city-state didn't have so much power. Because of this, Italy has been the center for many changes during history.
Venice was the powerhouse of trade during the renaissance. Everyone wanted to be like Venice! Venice's prime location on the water made it an easy and convenient spot for ships to pull into and and stop. Venice was the gold standard of trade among Italian city-states.