He played an important part in the transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest military geniuses of all time, as well as a brilliant politician and one of the ancient world's strongest leaders.
Living, I despise what melancholy fate has brought us wretches in these evil years. Long before my birth time smiled and may again, for once there was, and yet will be, more joyful days. But in this middle age time's dregs sweep 'round us, and we bend beneath a heavy load of vice.
Genius, virtue, glory now have gone, leaving chance and sloth to rule. We must awake or die. The expression "Renaissance" is a value-charged expression because it carries with it a whole series of connotations that go beyond just the simple meaning of "rebirth.
The fact that certain individuals decided to call the period from roughly to an age of darkness shows that they obviously thought their own period was one of light. Sometime inthe Italian philosopher, Marsilio Ficinowrote a letter to his friend Paul of Middleburg. The letter is instructive for what it says about Ficino's attitude toward his own age as well as an age that has passed.
If we are to call any age golden, it is beyond doubt that age which brings forth golden talents in different places. That such is true of this our age [no one] will hardly doubt. For this century, like a golden age, has restored to light the liberal arts, which were almost extinct: Achieving what had been honored among the ancients, but almost forgotten since, the age has joined wisdom with eloquence, and prudence with the military art.
This century appears to have perfected astronomy, in Florence it has recalled the Platonic teaching from darkness into light. Historians working on the problem of the Renaissance have never been able to decide when the period began, or even when it ended, although they all admit that a Renaissance did indeed occur.
Some see its beginning in the 12th century, while others, in the 14th century. An even larger question looms: Did it affect all people at the same time?
Or, was its impact felt only on a relatively small number of people in Northern Italian city-states, France, England and Holland? And these questions naturally raise other questions of interpretation. Did the Renaissance give birth to modern man?
If so, what is modern man? Did individualism make its first appearance during the Renaissance? Was humanism the hallmark of this period of rebirth? How do we reconcile an outburst of religious enthusiasm during this period, alongside an intense focus on things more worldly.
Was the Renaissance "good"? Why did Renaissance humanists, scholars and artists need to go back in time in order to justify their present? Were they suffering some kind of collective identity crisis? Does the fact that the humanist had to go back to the past to find models for the present and future lessen our regard for the Renaissance?
Inthe Swiss art historian Jacob Burckhardt published his two volume masterpiece, The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy. It was Burckhardt who presented his 19th century audience with what has been regarded as the classic interpretation of the Renaissance by arguing that the 14th and 15th centuries witnessed the birth of modern man.
For Burckhardt, it was in the city-states of northern Italy during this time that a secular concept of the state first appeared, a state in all respects modern modern, of course, for Burckhardt. He also identified the code of chivalry and maintained that this code of honor and decorum was indicative of the development of the individual.
Lastly, he argued that it was in the Renaissance that man was discovered. Italian society was characterized by a revival of antiquity -- specifically the classical world of Greece and Rome -- as much as by the recognition that people now lived in a world of intense violence, doubt and skepticism.
For Burckhardt, the Renaissance was characterized by newness and novelty -- as a sudden flowering of European civilization. This is how Burckhardt stated his case: In the Middle Ages both sides of human consciousness — that which was turned within as that which was turned without -- lay dreaming or held awake beneath a common veil.
The veil was woven of faith, illusion, and childish prepossession, through which the world and history were seen clad in strange hues.
Man was conscious of himself as a member of a race, people, party, family, or corporation -- only through some general category. In Italy this veil first melted into air; an objective treatment and consideration of the state and of all the things of this world became possible.
The subjective side at the same time asserted itself with corresponding emphasis; man became a spiritual individual, and recognized himself as such.Fig. 2. The lateral vanishing-point construction, illustrated on a perspective grid from Viator ().
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Raphael was born Raffael Sanzio in the town of Urbino in the year , April 6. No doubt that his interest in painting began quite early; his father was a painter. During the eleven years, which Raphael had with his father, he had .