A Brief History
In the early 20th century, the term “Renaissance man” was first recorded in written English. It is now used to refer to great thinkers living before, during, or after the Renaissance (14th through 17th centuries). This article presents a table of some notable Renaissance Men.
|Dante Alighieri||(c. 1265 – 1321)||Italian||poet|
|Cosimo de' Medici||(27 September 1389 – 1 August 1464)||Italian||banker and politician|
|Lorenzo de' Medici||(1 January 1449 – 8 April 1492)||Italian||statesman|
|Leonardo da Vinci||(14/15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519)||Italian||polymath|
|Erasmus||(28 October 1466 – 12 July 1536)||Dutch||philosopher and Christian humanist|
|Albrecht Dürer||(21 May 1471 – 6 April 1528)||German||painter, printmaker, and theorist|
|Nicolaus Copernicus||(19 February 1473 – 24 May 1543)||German and/or Polish||astronomer and polymath|
|Michelangelo||(6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564)||Italian||sculptor, painter, architect, and poet|
|Thomas More||(7 February 1478 – 6 July 1535)||English||lawyer, social philosopher, author, statesman, and noted Renaissance humanist|
|Baldassare Castiglione||(December 6, 1478 – February 2, 1529)||Italian||courtier, diplomat, soldier, and a prominent Renaissance author|
|Henry VIII of England||(28 June 1491 – 28 January 1547)||English||king|
|Andreas Vesalius||(31 December 1514 – 15 October 1564)||Flemish||anatomist, physician, and author|
|Pieter Bruegel the Elder||(c. 1525–1530 – 9 September 1569)||Dutch and Flemish||artist|
|Miguel de Cervantes||(29 September 1547 (assumed) – 22 April 1616 NS)||Spanish||writer|
|William Shakespeare||(bapt. 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616)||English||poet, playwright, and actor|
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For more information, please see…
Shearer, Robert G. Famous Men Of The Renaissance & Reformation. Greenleaf Press, 1996.
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