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Here are the top ten articles for the Renaissance Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. Plague Doctors of the Renaissance
During outbreaks of the black plague, city officials throughout Europe were forced to hire what are known as "plague doctors" to assist in the treatment of plague sufferers.
2. The Black Death & the Renaissance
One of the deadliest pandemics in history, the "Black Death" is often credited as one of the major factors leading to the European Renaissance.
3. Renaissance Entertainment
In today's world the choices available to us, for entertainment, are limited only by our imagination. It was the same for Renaissance folk!
4. Donatello and the Art of Rilievo Schiacciato
Many works depicting a Madonna and Child were created as private devotional items. Donatello’s Madonna of the Clouds is one of several half-length Madonna reliefs that may have been in the collection of the Medici family or one of their contemporaries.
5. Renaissance Popes
During the Renaissance the papacy was mainly run by the wealthy families of the time. These Popes were mainly interested in furthering their own and their family's interests and fortunes.
6. John Donne - Metaphysical Poet
John Donne is most commonly known as the founder of the "Metaphysical Poets." The term "metaphysical poetry" was first used by Samuel Johnson in 1744. It refers to the fact that the poetry dealt with philosophical specuation and abstract ideas, along with a great deal of irony, paradox, and strikin
7. Renaissance Banking
In addition to giving a rise in the arts and sciences, the Renaissance is responsible for giving rise to the banking system.
8. Renaissance Beauty - Teeth, Body Image & Clothing
Most Renaissance women aspired to have beautiful white teeth, voluptuous bodies and beautiful clothing. How do their beauty routines differ from those of today?
9. Renaissance Color Myths
Renaissance color myths got you miffed? Find out the real scoop on the Renaissance Rainbow.
10. Earliest Renaissance Education
When did the first university come into being? Where was the first college built?
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