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US - 9 - World History - Renaissance Lifetime Achievement Award 2018/19: Assignment


World History I

Renaissance Lifetime Achievement Award

Your goal is to persuade me, the President of the Charlotte Latin Institute of Renaissance Life, to award your figure a lifetime achievement award for exceptional contributions to the Renaissance. In order for your figure to be considered for this prestigious award, you must make a presentation to the Institute’s Award Committee. The presentation must include rationale for why your figure should win the award (thesis), background information about your figure, a description of three works created by him/her (include image appendix), and a description of how one work connects to a Renaissance ideal, how one work connects to one our Themes of study, and how one work connects to something in present day. Your thesis should outline your three connections. In addition to the presentation, you must submit a written paper to the Institute’s Award Committee.



  • A 2-4-page paper proving your artist’s worth as a candidate through the three connections. As a reminder, a paper must have: an introduction with a thesis, body-paragraphs with topic sentences, supporting evidence and analysis, and a concluding statement, and a conclusion paragraph. It must be typed, double-spaced, and include both footnote citations and a Chicago Style Bibliography.
  • Do not use first or second person.
  • The oral presentation should be between 4-5 minutes. If your presentation exceeds five minutes, you will be cut off. It should be rehearsed and prepared in advance (i.e. don’t read). Please prepare a slide show that will be projected from your iPad.
  • Please print your paper and submit it to before class.



  • This assignment is worth 100 points: 75 points for the essay, 25 points for the presentation.


  • Tuesday, February 26th – Research in the Library
  • Wednesday, February 27th – Research in the Library
  • Thursday, February 28st – Research in the Library
  • Friday, March 1st – Research in the Library
  • Monday, March 4th – Research in Library
  • Tuesday, March 5th Presentations Begin, back in classroom
  • Wednesday, March 6th – Presentations Continue
  • Thursday, March 7th – Finish Presentations and Papers Due at the beginning of class


Renaissance Ideals (primary source quotations):


  • “The greatest gifts are often seen, in the course of nature, rained by celestial influences on human creatures; and sometimes, in supernatural fashion, beauty, grace, and talent are united beyond measure in one single person, in a manner that to whatever such an one turns his attention, his every action is so divine, that, surpassing all other men, it makes itself clearly known as a thing bestowed by God (as it is), and not acquired by human art.” Giorgio Vasari
  • “Oh unsurpassed generosity of God the Father, Oh wondrous and unsurpassable felicity of man, to whom it is granted to have what he chooses, to be what he wills to be!” Giovanni Pico della Mirandola
  • “To this I might add that man ought to give some reward to God, to satisfy him with good works in return for the wonderful gifts which he gave to the spirit of man exalting and magnifying it beyond that all of other earthly beings.” Leon Battista Alberti
  • “The whole glory of man lies in activity.” Leonardo Bruni
  • “Man is the measure of all things.” Protagoras
  • “Wisdom is the daughter of experience.” Leonardo Da Vinci


Eligible Participants

  • Isabella d'Este
  • Andrea Palladio
  • Giuseppe Arcimboldo
  • Albrecht Durer
  • Fra Angelico
  • Piero della Francesca
  • Paolo Uccello
  • Matthias Grunewald
  • Titian Giotto
  • Filippo Brunelleschi
  • Sandro Botticelli
  • Andrea Mantegna
  • Hans Holbein, the Younger
  • Lorenzo Ghiberti
  • Giovanni Bellini
  • Giorgio Vasari
  • Baldassare Castiglione