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1300 - 1400 Proto-Renaissance

1305 - Giotto completes his work on the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua.

1308 - Dante writes his epic poem the Divine Comedy.

1341 - The first great humanist, Petrarch, is named the poet laureate of Rome.

1400 - 1500 Early Renaissance

1419 - Architect Brunelleschi designs the dome for the Florence Cathedral.

1434 - The Medici family becomes the head of the city-state of Florence.

1450 - Johannes Gutenberg invents the printing press.

1453 - The Ottoman Empire captures the city of Constantinople, signaling an end to the Byzantine Empire.

1469 - Lorenzo de Medici becomes head of the city-state of Florence. He is one of the great patrons of the arts.

1485 - Henry VII becomes king of England beginning the reign of the House of Tudor.

1486 - Boticelli completes the painting The Birth of Venus.

1492 - Explorer Christopher Columbus discovers the Americas.

1495 - 1527 High Renaissance

1495 - Leonardo da Vinci paints the Last Supper.

1498 - Vasco da Gama arrives in India after sailing around the southern tip of Africa from Portugal.

1501 - Michelangelo begins his work on the sculpture David.

1503 - Leonardo da Vinci paints the Mona Lisa.

1508 - Michelangelo begins his painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

1509 - Henry VIII becomes king of England.

1509 - Humanist author Erasmus writes Praise of Folly.

1511- Raphael paints his masterpiece The School of Athens.

1516 - Sir Thomas More publishes his work Utopia on political philosophy.

1517 - Martin Luther posts his 95 theses on the door of the Church of Wittenberg. This signals the start of the Reformation.

1519 - Ferdinand Magellan begins his voyage around the world.

1527-1600 Mannerism

1527 - Rome is sacked by the troops of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.

1534 - Henry VIII separates the Church of England from the Catholic Church of Rome so that he can divorce Catherine of Aragon and marry Anne Boleyn.

1558 - Elizabeth I becomes Queen of England.

1588 - The Spanish Armada is defeated by the English navy.

1599 - William Shakespeare builds the Globe theatre. He will write many of his great plays over the next few years including Hamlet and Macbeth.

1610 - Galileo discovers the moons of Jupiter.

1618 - The Thirty Years War begins.

Learn more about the Renaissance:

How did the Renaissance start?
Medici Family
Italian City-states
Age of Exploration
Elizabethan Era
Ottoman Empire
Northern Renaissance
Daily Life
Renaissance Art
Clothing and Fashion
Music and Dance
Science and Inventions
Famous Renaissance People
Christopher Columbus
Johannes Gutenberg
Henry VIII
Queen Elizabeth I
William Shakespeare
Leonardo da Vinci

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