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  • Raphael was a artist who came after Da Vinci and Michelangelo, but he used this to his advantage and studied their works to improve his art. When painting, Raphael blends Christian and classical styles and paints lots of religious and societal pieces. 
  • One of Raphael's most famous pieces of art is The School of Athens. The significance of this painting reflects humanism by including all of the great philosophers, thinkers, and scientists who had lived up to that time. Raphael imagined that a gathering was get together and all the great minds attended, he also included himself, Michelangelo, and Leonardo. This makes him a humanist because the men are focused on education and better understanding the world they are living in now not in the afterlife.
  • Humanism is the study of the world now and focusing on how to better your current life and society with education and knowledge. Raphael is a humanist because of how he incorporated these thoughts and actions into his paintings. He wanted everyone to be able to look at his work and see the significance of living your life to the greatest ability you can.
  • Niccolo Machiavelli was a Italian Renaissance writer. He had observed Kings and Princes while studying in Florence and had also studied lots of ancient Roman History.
  • Machiavelli's greatest work was his handbook he write known as The Prince to offer assistance to leaders needing help on maintaining and keeping power. He used his knowledge of the past and his personal experiences in politics to help him write it. This makes them a humanist because he wrote this to try and improve the quality of life in the here and now.
  • Being a humanist means to focus on the here and now and try to improve life in current times. Niccolo Machiavelli was a Renaissance humanist because he wrote to help improve lives of others. He focused on societal matters rather than religious matters.
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