Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo

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Leonardo was born in the town of Florence in the year 1452. He was a famous artist during the time of the renaissance. His first work that we know of is the drawing of Arno Valley.  He also became a master in the Guild of Saint Luke. His most famous painting is the well-known Mona Lisa. It is unknown who the woman in the painting is but we do know that he took a great deal of time and effort to make it perfect.

Leonardo was also known to be very smart. He also had many scientific and mathematic projects as well as his paintings.  He thought that both art and science were connected. He wrote all his ideas in about 13,000 pages. He died in the year 1519 in France and was remembered as an important man in the renaissance.

Michelangelo was another well-known artist during the time of the renaissance. He was born just outside of Tuscany, Italy in the year 1475. He was an apprentice of a man who owned the largest workshop in Florence. He is famous for the statue of David and the painting on the Sistine Chapel.

Before he died he designed St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome which he did not see finished. He died in the year 1564 and was remembered (just like Leonardo) for his influence during the renaissance.

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The Fall of Constantinople

1453 The Fall of Constantinople.jpgConstantinople was built-in the year 330 by Constantine. It was captured in both the years 1204 and 1261. It lost much of its populations from the black death in the years 1346-1349.

A problem arose when Constantine the Eleventh realized that Mehmed the Second (the Sultan of Ottoman) was preparing for war. He call on Europe for help but because of the papal schism they were still at odds. He gained 7,000 men and 2,000 of them were foreigners. Mehmed had 50,000-80,000 men this making the odds more in his favor (he also had many ships and cannons).

Constantine really tried to defend his city but it still fell. It is believed that the Ottomans still did suffer much from this battle. Mehmed looted the city for three days and then allowed the citizens to continue living their lives. They were now under the power of the Ottoman Empire though. This was the end of the remains of the Roman Empire. It also marks the end of the Middle Ages. Constantinople’s name was changed to Istanbul and became the capital of the Ottoman Empire.

The fall of Constantinople led to many changes. Some of which would be the use of cannons would become more popular or the old religions of the time were pretty much gotten rid of. This event was yet another part of God’s perfect plan and he used it for the glory of Him. Sometimes terrible things like war are used for the best of reasons.