- If you could walk into the studio of Leonardo da Vinci or Michelangelo or Raphael and observe the artist at work, which artist would you choose, what two things you would ask him, and why?
- From the humanist perspective, “genius” is a critically important quality. Identify another person of the Renaissance (described in Chapters 14 or 15) who would fulfill the qualities outlined by Giorgio Vasari and explain reasons why the individual fits Vasari’s description.
- Machiavelli’s instruction on how a ruler can attain and retain power is often summed up in his statement, “the end justifies the means.” Identify a current political leader who seems to follow Machiavelli’s principles outlined in The Prince, and explain your choice.
- Whether a wife or a courtesan, a lady of the Renaissance was expected to exemplify the qualities outlined by Castiglione in The Courtier, though some women chose to assert their higher intellectual abilities. Identify and describe a contemporary woman who demonstrates the qualities advocated by d’Este, Cereta, or Marinella.
If you could walk into the studio of Leonardo da Vinci or Michelangelo or Raphael and observe the artist at work, which artist would you choose,