Photos of Italy - Italiansrus.com
Home Advertise Articles Email Forum News Store

Resources
Art, Cuisine, Famous Italians, Festivals, Folklore, Genealogy, Holidays, Hotels, Photos, Real Estate, Sports, Travel and More

Guides
  • Buying Property Guide
  • City/Island Guides
  • Inheritance Guide
  • Regional Guides
    Surname Collection
    Add your name to the collection.
    Recipes
    Authentic Italian recipes for you to enjoy.
    Photo Galleries
    Enjoy photos of Italy, wine making & more.
    Proverbi
    Proverbs in Italian & English.
    Our Paesani
    Weekly column dedicated to today's Italy.
    by Francesca Di Meglio

    Italian Memories
    Articles on growing up Italian.
    by Cookie Curci

    Una Mamma Italiana
    Articles for Italian mammas.
    by Tiffany Longo

    Learn Italian
    English-Italian guides
    Spanish-Italian guides.

    Molto Italiano
    Sign up for our FREE newsletter.
    Trivia
    Test your knowledge of Italy.
  • Italy's Four Great Empires
    Part 4 of 5: The Renaissance
    Continued from part 3

    by Joe Diorio

    The Renaissance! The Italians of the fifteenth century were trying to recapture the glory days of Rome, so in the city of Florence, the Italians enlightened the world with the Rinascimento, or Renaissance. Whether saying it in Italian or French, it simply means, "re-birth". Free and spirited thinkers had the right to openly question the world around them without fear of angering the church or state. Art, exploration and other expressions flourished in Italy and literally took the world out of the dark ages. Masters, the likes of which the world still reveres, were everywhere in Renaissance Italy. Due to a new theory called humanism, the period brought forth Italian geniuses and artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Raphael and Donatello and, during the same time, Dante and Machiavelli were inspiring the world. Explorers like Columbus, Vespucci and Caboto were discovering new worlds and Galileo was teaching new scientific ideas. To think of the brilliance that come out of Italy during the same period in history is mind boggling! During this period, France learned more from Italy than any other country. Catherine de' Medici brought the art of cooking to the French when she married Henri II in 1533. All the kings of France were impressed with the achievements of the Italians and wanted to share them. Spanish rulers, like Queen Isabella, would drape themselves in Italian influence and genius. German and English universities were teaching Italian art, music and thought. Opera and ballet was created in Florence and became popular throughout Europe. Italy would give the world Vivaldi, Verdi and Rossini. Words and phrases pertaining to music are Italian and nowhere was Italian influence more evident than that art. Remember, it was an Italian who gave the world the musical scale. Guido d'Arezzo taught the world how to record music while Bartolomeo Cristofori invented the piano and Andrea Amati, the violin. Itís easy to see how the Renaissance had become Italy's third empire. The Renaissance was as much an empire as Rome and Christianity and it changed the thinking of the entire world. As the Romans did in civilizing the planet, Italians now gave it culture.

    Part 5: The New World


    Part 1: Introduction
    Part 2: The Roman Empire
    Part 3: Christianity
    Part 4: The Renaissance
    Part 5: The New World

    Share

    Follow Us
    find-us-on-facebook-logo

    Featured Item

    ASPWoodWorks

    Buy Now on Etsy


    American Grown With Italian Roots

    Buy Now

    American Grown
    With Italian Roots
    Shirts & Novelties


    Partner Links

    Shops/Stores

    Italiansrus Gear
    Proudly display the colors of Italy with these great products.

    Speak Italian? Speak it better! Subscribe to Tutto italiano Today!

    FORZIERI.com
    The world largest online retailer for Premium Italian Fashions.


    | Home | Email | Forum | Newsletter |

    Copyright © 1998-2024 Anthony Parente. All rights reserved.