Famous Renaissance People

Several people have come to this website by searching for key people of the Renaissance.  I’m sorry to disappoint, but I’m not one of them.  (For an explanation of my blog name look at my About profile.)  So here’s a little list for anyone researching that topic:

Important Renaissance People

  • Averroes–Andalucian-Arab philosopher who promoted Aristotle 
  • Dante Alighieri–Italian writer of the Divine Comedy
  • Desiderius Erasmus–Dutch philosopher who wrote Praise of Folly
  • Francesco de Petrarca–Italian writer of sonnets 
  • Johann Gutenberg–German inventor of he printing press
  • Leonardo da Vinci–Italian painter of the Mona Lisa and inventor
  • Michaelangelo Buonarotti–Italian painter of the Sistine Chapel and sculptor of the famous statue of David
  • Michel de Montaigne–French essayist
  • Miguel de Cervantes–Spanish writer of Don Quixote de la Mancha
  • Nicolaus Copernicus–German-Polish astronomer who  proposed the heliocentric model
  • Pieter Bruegel the Elder–Flemish painter of village scenes
  • Sandro Botticelli–Italian painter of the Birth of Venus
  • William Shakespeare–English writer of Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth

     For a longer list with links to articles look here.

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15 responses to “Famous Renaissance People

  1. Dear RG, I’m bitterly disappointed to visit your blog and find that you are not truly a Renaissance Man.

    However, my grief is ameliorated by the fact that you list Botticelli’s Birth of Venus above, which I use for my blog banner.

    I suppose redemption may be at hand, but will have to read more of your blog and get back to you on that one.

    Ta, Eve (the third)

  2. Thanks, Eve. I don’t want to many people to know it, but I acutally am a Renaissance man who fell through some kind of time warp. Please keep it a secret for me.

    By the way, your picture shows you to be very beautiful–a real goddess!

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  4. It is interesting to note that the people on your list are the progenitors of “Modernity” and if they had created their works a hundred years earlier we would now be reading about them as the scoundrels who were burned at the stake of a holier then thou inquisition.

    If they had not been born,or if they had not been allowed to create, we would all be the poorer.

    Intellectual freedom however does seem to lead to some interesting consequences…


  5. It is interesting.

    There were various aspects to the Inquisition, most of which were anything but holy.

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  7. i thought there could be
    more detail
    about all the important people
    i didnt get all the information
    that i needed

  8. haha yah talk funny. what a disappoinment, i thought this website was suppose to surly going to help me with my project :|
    oh well.

  9. FuzzDogMillionaire

    i thought this would help me with my project. this website is a dissapointment

  10. Thank you. This was really helpful for my schoolwork.

  11. Thanks this really helped with my history homework

  12. Thanks immensely for the help- has helped me with homework GREATLY.

  13. found a graphic of a tightrope walker on your site. ok to use in a professional not-for-profit powerpoint presentation?

  14. bob the builder

    wow not cool

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