Important Events During Renaissance Time Period

  • Jan 1, 1347

    Bubonic Plauge Begins

    The Black Plauge killed about 1.5 million people from a total of 4 million in Europe at the time. Since there was no medical knowledge about the disease, there was no way of stopping it from spreading and killing.
  • Jan 1, 1350

    Renaissance Begins

    The age of the Renaissance was a cultural movement that spanned the period roughly from the 14th to the 17th century, beginning in Italy in the Late Middle Ages and later spreading to the rest of Europe. Also included a huge artistic movement.
  • Period: Jan 1, 1350 to


  • Jan 1, 1386

    Sandro Botticelli paints Birth of Venus

    It depicts the goddess Venus, having emerged from the sea as a fully grown woman, arriving at the sea-shore.
  • Jan 1, 1420

    Brunelleschi creates linear perspective

    Brunelleschi is famous for two panel paintings illustrating geometric optical linear perspective made in the early 1400s. His biographer, Antonio Manetti, described this famous experiment in which Brunelleschi painted two panels: the first of the Florentine Baptistery as viewed frontally from the western portal of the unfinished cathedral, and second the Palazzo Vecchio as seen obliquely from its northwest corner.
  • Jan 1, 1428

    Joan of Arc

    The Siege of Orleans (1428–1429) was the mager turning point in the Hundreds of Years of War between France and England.
  • Jan 1, 1478

    Spanish Inquisition Begins

    The Spanish Inquisition was used for both political and religious reasons. Following the Crusades the leaders of Spain needed a way to unify the country into a strong nation.
  • Jan 1, 1486

    Sandro Botticelli paints Birth of Venus

    It depicts the goddess Venus, having emerged from the sea as a fully grown woman, arriving at the sea-shore.
  • Jan 1, 1492

    Columbus Discovers the America's

  • Jan 1, 1500

    The begining of the masters of Art & Literature in Renaissance era

  • Jan 1, 1511

    Raphael paints The School of Athens

    It was painted as a part of Raphael's commission to decorate with frescoes the rooms now known as the Stanze di Raffaello, in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. The picture has long been seen as Raphael's masterpiece and the perfect embodiment of the classical spirit of the High Renaissance.
  • Jan 1, 1514

    Michelangelo paints the Sistine Chapel

    The ceiling is that of the large Papal Chapel built within the Vatican ceiling's. The various painted elements form part of a larger scheme of decoration within the Chapel, which includes the large fresco also by, Michelangelo
  • Jan 1, 1514

    Thomas More Utopia

    The book, written in Latin, is a frame narrative primarily depicting a fictional island society and its religious, social and political customs. A 'Utopia"' refers to a perfect society or world.
  • Jan 1, 1524

    Start of European Wars of Religion

    The European wars of religion were a series of wars waged in Europe from ca. 1524 to 1648, following the onset of the Protestant Reformation in Western and Northern Europe. Although sometimes unconnected, all of these wars were strongly influenced by the religious change of the period.
  • Jan 1, 1530

    Ivan the Terrible is born

    Ivan was Grand Prince of Moscow from 1533 until his death.
  • Jan 1, 1533

    Henry VIII of England Excommunicated

    The pope excommunicated Henry VIII because he refused to submit to papal authority. He challenged the church's decision not allowing him to divorce Catherine of Aragon, and in doing so proclaiming himself leader of the church in England, he was able to make his own decisions regarding his divorce.
  • Jan 1, 1543

    Jesuit Order founded by Ignatius Loyola

    Ignatius Loyola founded the Jesuits (the Society of Jesus).
  • Jan 1, 1543

    Scientific Revolution / Copernicus

    The scientific revolution began in Europe towards the end of the Renaissance era and continued through the late 18th century, the later period known as The Enlightenment.
  • Jan 1, 1558

    Coronation of Queen Elizabeth I

    Elizabeth I was crowned Queen. She was the third of Henry VIII’s children to become monarch and she was the last of the Tudor dynasty.Elizabeth had inherited the throne from her half-sister Mary I, who had died on the 17th November 1558.
  • Da Vinci paints the Last Supper

    A 15th century mural painting in Milan created by Leonardo da Vinci for his patron Duke Ludovico Sforza and his duchess Beatrice d'Este. It represents the scene of The Last Supper from the final days of Jesus as it is told in the Gospel of John 13:21, when Jesus announces that one of his Twelve Apostles would betray him.