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Time Capsule Essay

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* The day is finally here, we are only hours away from unearthing a long lost chamber that is said to hold priceless treasures from the Renaissance and the Age of Baroque. In this chamber we hope to find several different items. The items in the chamber are said to represent the arts, music, architecture, philosophy and literature.

We have done it, we have reached the chamber. It is amazing, it holds even more than we could have imagined. Upon entering the first item that I noticed was the statue of David. It is a work of genius by Renaissance area sculpture Michelangelo. Michelangelo created the statue of David between 1501 and 1504. It is a 17.0 foot marble statue of the biblical ...view middle of the document...

Missa de Beata Virgine was the one of Perez’s most popular works in the 16th century. Josquin des Prez was a Renaissance composer from the Netherlands. Perez was a leading composer of the Renaissance bravura of polyphonic vocal music. The second musical item that I discovered was a Violin once used by Arcangelo Corelli. Corelli was an Italian violinist and composer in the Baroque era. Corelli played second violin to the legendary Carlo Mannelli at the San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome. Corelli continued to play and compose music until his death in 1713. Over his lifetime he 12 violin and continuo sonatas and 48 trio sonatas. Corelli’s contributions to the violinist community are still felt today.

With each passing hour we discover more and more momentous and historic finds. Earlier today, under a stack of 16th century literature I came across Filippo Brunelleschi’s original blue prints for the brick dome of the Florence Cathedral. The brick dome was Brunelleschi’s first major architectural commission. The massive brick dome which covers the central space of Florence's Cathedral was originally designed by Arnolfo di Cambio in the 1300’s but was left unroofed. The brick dome of the Florence Cathedral has often been described as the first building of the Renaissance. Brunelleschi's use of gothic ribs and pointed gothic arches original designed by Arnolfo, was considered both daring and adventitious. Although Brunelleschi’s design while stylistically Gothic, the dome is in fact was architecturally influenced by the great dome of Ancient Rome. Also among the countless drawings was a sketch of Saint Yves at La Sapienza. Saint Yves at La Sapienza is a Catholic church in Rome. It was built in the mid 1600’s and was designed by the by the Swiss architect Francesco Borromini. The church is considered to be a masterpiece of Roman Baroque architecture.

As we explore more and more of this vast chamber we come across many interesting relics of the Renaissance and the Age of Baroque. I have come across a rare book, On the Soul by Aristotle. At first this book confuses me, this book is much older than any of the other artifacts we have discovered in the chamber. Soon it becomes clear to me why this book belongs in this chamber. Philosophy, this book was used by many of the great philosophers during the Renaissance. People such as Thomas Aquinas, William of Ockham, and Marsilius of Padua used read and used On the Soul to help them better understand nature of living things. Many of Aristotle’s writings were used by Renaissance philosophers, never an unquestioned authority but rather as a foundation for conversation. Also in this...

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