Renaissance (1430-1600)

  • 1190


    the development of the compass made voyages of discovery possible
  • 1267


    the invention of gunpowder signaled the end of the age of knighthood
  • Period: 1386 to 1466


    famous Italian artist known for the statue of David c. 1444-46
  • Period: 1390 to 1453

    John Dunstable (Dunstaple)

    English, but influenced musical style in Europe; used more harmonies with 3rds and 6ths which resulted in what we think of triadic music
  • Period: 1397 to 1474

    Guillaume Dufay

    first Renaissance composer
  • Period: 1420 to 1497

    Johannes Ockeghem

    very respected and prolific; also a low bass
  • Period: 1435 to 1511

    Johannes Tinctoris

    composer and music theorist; wrote the first dictionary of musical terms called Diffinitorum musices in c. 1475
  • Period: 1444 to 1510

    Sandro Botticelli

    another famous Italian artist known for the Birth of Venus
  • Period: 1450 to 1521

    Josquin des Prez

    most revered Renaissance composer, especially by Martin Luther
  • Period: 1452 to 1519

    Leonardo da Vinci

    from Italy and most known for as a painter, engineer, sculptor, and scientist
  • 1470


    an art-style that was introduced during this time
  • Period: 1475 to 1564

    Michelangelo Buonarroti

    a famous Italian artist known for sculpting the "Pieta" in 1499
  • Period: 1483 to 1520


    a famous Italian artist known for painting the "Madonna della Tenda" in 1514
  • Period: 1483 to 1536

    Martin Luther

    famous German religious reformer that brought up the Lutheran church
  • Period: 1490 to 1562

    Adrian Willaert

    father of text expression
  • Period: 1505 to

    Thomas Tallis

    English composer who wrote a 40-voice part motet
  • Period: 1521 to

    Philipp de Monte

    most prolific composer of the Renaissance
  • Period: 1525 to


    the most famous composer from the Renaissance
  • Period: 1525 to

    Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    awarded the most posthumous fame
  • Period: 1532 to

    Orlando di Lasso

    ranks in importance with Josquin and Palestrina
  • Period: 1543 to

    William Byrd

    important Catholic English composer working in Protestant England
  • Period: 1548 to

    Tomás Luis de Victoria

    carries on Palestrina's style while working in Spain
  • Period: 1564 to

    William Shakespeare

    he lived into the early Baroque era; famous English playwright; many Renaissance-style songs were composed for and used in his plays
  • Period: 1564 to


    famous scientist of this time