The Early Renaissance Era 1400 – 1500: From Machiavelli to Michelangelo, from Copernicus to Columbus *NEW*

The Renaissance pulled Europe out of the Middle Ages into revolutions of art, humanist thinking and science. Artists such as Da Vinci and Michelangelo worked on their masterpieces and scientists such as Copernicus & Kepler devised new models for the cosmos. People’s relationships with their rulers also changed through the ideas of Machiavelli and Erasmus, while explorers such as Columbus changed people’s concept of the world itself. If you want to know whether the Renaissance was a revolution or an evolution, or want to ask this question, this is the class for you. Handouts and references will be provided each class. Instructor: Anatole Sykley