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US - 9 - World History - Renaissance Lifetime Achievement Award 2016: Assignment


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 images), and a description of how each piece connects to Renaissance ideals.  In addition to the presentation, you must submit a written presentation outline to the Institute’s Award Committee.


The presentation outline needs a thesis, topic sentences, one bullet point of evidence per topic sentence, and one bullet point connection to Renaissance ideal per piece of evidence.  It must be typed, double-spaced, and include both in-text citations and an MLA Works Cited page.  Remember not to use first or second person.


The oral presentation should be around 5 minutes.  It should be rehearsed and prepared in advance.   Please prepare a slide show that will be projected from your iPad.


Please print your presentation outline to submit at the beginning of class.


This assignment is worth 100 points: 50 points for the essay outline, 50 points for the presentation.


Thursday, March 10th – Research in the Library

Friday, March 11th – Research in the Library

Monday March 14th – Research in the Library

Tuesday, March 15th – Research in the Library

Wednesday, March 16thPresentations Begin

Thursday, March 17th  – Presentations Continue – Written portion is due at the start of class

Friday, March 18th – Finish Presentations


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

Francesco Petrarch

Andrea Palladio

Filippo Brunelleschi

Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Albrecht Durer

Fra Angelico

Piero della Francesca

Paolo Uccello

Matthias Grunewald


Plautilla Nelli

Sandro Botticelli

Andrea Mantegna

Hans Holbein, the Younger

Lorenzo Ghiberti

Giovanni Bellini

Baldassare Castiglione

Giorgio Vasari