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Section 5: Renaissance Humanism and Patronage


During the Renaissance, the d'Este family ruled the Northern Italian city of Ferrara. To make up for their modest land holdings, the d'Este chose to exert influence and control over Italian politics through artistic patronage. The court of Ferrara became known for its beauty, intelligence, and sophistication. All the dukes of Ferrara contributed to the city's cultural significance, and elevated Ferrara as one of the dominant cities on the Italian peninsula.

About the Author

Luke Ziegler is a Junior history major from Fort Smith, Arkansas. He is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the aesthetics editor for Tenor of Our Times, directed this year's Spring Sing show for TNT, and is a beau for Ju Go Ju. After he graduates from Harding, he plans to go to graduate school to become a history professor.