This series entry introduces students to notable figures of the period. With excellent, full-page reproductions of Renaissance paintings, the book gives a sense of the importance of the arts during this time. Prominent scientists, explorers, and innovators are also highlighted, but no women are included. While a five-page introduction gives readers a bit of background, no mention is made of the debate over what time period the word "Renaissance" actually implies. The 15 chronologically arranged, single-page profiles are clear and concise, while occasionally oversimplified: Venice is labeled as part of Italy, though it was an independent government at the time, and Dante Alighieri's refers to his time "as a college student." Also, a Web site listed in the section on further resources is marred by a typo, which makes it inaccessible without turning to a search engine. Despite these problems, the short sketches are accessible introductions to notable individuals whom students will be sure to encounter in their continued education.
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