Posts tagged renaissance man
How do I become a Renaissance Man (or woman)?

What does it truly mean to be a Renaissance Man?


Some might consider it to be an adeptness at many different skills. I, however, believe that it encompasses more than just mechanical talent. Many brilliant people become skilled in multiple disciplines throughout their lifetime. Embracing Alberti's philosophy means showing a general adeptness across the different spheres of life. A gentleman (or woman) should be well-rounded in the various facets of their life, not letting one go in pursuit of another. Balance, in this instance, is key. Let's take, for example, social graces. Though expertly skilled at web design and animation, a computer nerd might not find themselves at ease in the midst of a large benefit banquet or even at a friend's birthday party. With practice and training, however, the can acquire or refine the necessary "protocol" and graduate from "Nerd-Alert" to "Computer-Savvy & Suave".

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Becoming a Jack of All Trades, Master of Some

During the 14th-17th centuries, beginning in Italy, a period of learning and cultural advancement called the Renaissance began. This period was marked by an enriching of general life from the arts, to athletics, to social graces. We often hear of the product of such an age referred to as a "Renaissance man" or someone who is adept and knowledgeable across many spheres of life. It began as an idea birthed by Leon Battista Alberti (1404–1472) who was an Italian humanist author, artist, architect, poet, priest, linguist, philosopher and cryptographer -- embodying this cultural movement. 

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