The Italian Renaissance

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This documentary, in the form of a satellite map, traces the growth of the Italian Renaissance between the 14th and 16th centuries. With it you can zoom in on the actual buildings constructed during the period, and see the places where famous paintings and literature of the time were created. This map may seem lacking in the volume of plotted points, but most of the activity is focused in a few urban centers like Florence, Rome and Padua. While the Italian Renaissance had great impact on today’s society, it had little impact in the lives of the peasants in the rural countryside. Thus, the Renaissance had its greatest impact on the urban elite who lived comfortable lives and had great power in republican government. For example, the church complex Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan contains the “The Last Supper” painted by Leonardo da Vinci, which is in the convent, not the church.