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Renaissance

The Renaissance is a cultural movement that starts from Italy in the mid-14th century and spreads through Europe. It brings the Medieval time period to an end, and is marked by a changing consciousness about politics, the world, and art. It’s the time of da Vinci, Michelangelo, Giotto, Titian, Raphael, Donatello, or Brunelleshi. Here is a timeline of some of the main events that characterize the period: Timeline (Quoted from Sparknotes ) April 6, 1341: Francesco Petrarch is Crowned Poet Laureate Many historians cite this date as the beginning of the Renaissance. 1397: Giovanni de Medici Moves to Florence Giovanni...

Petrarca: The Ascent of Mount Ventoux

Petrarch’s motives for climbing Mount Ventoux – to see the view – is often cited as the mark of a new humanistic “Renaissance” spirit. His ascent took place on April 26, 1336, but it was  written and published only around 1350.  Hans Blumenberg describes Petrarch’s ascent of Ventoux  in  “The Legitimacy of the Modern Age:”  This was “… one of the great moments that oscillate indecisively between the epochs, namely between the medieval period and modernity.” I like this text because of the interplay between the experience of nature and the subjective world of the author. As Petrarca takes in...