Francisco Franco
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Francisco Franco was a General in the Spanish Civil War . He grew up in a military family and later became chief of the military . The war started when the Spanish soldiers stationed in Morocco rose up against the democratically elected Republican government. They were right wing Nationalists, grouped with rebels in the army, industry, landowners, the middle classes, and the Catholic Church. European and North American Volunteers fought for the Republican, left wing while international brigades and intellectuals fought for the nationalists. The nationalists won the war and the victory marked the start of a forty year dictatorship in Spain. Later, Hitler looked to Franco for help with his own military campaign. Under the Franco rule, the nation suffered internal isolation. His strong anti-communism beliefs made him popular with the United States. General Franco chose prince Juan Carlos as his successor, re-establishing the monarchy in Spain.



Ferdinand Magellan
external image wbMAGELLAN_narrowweb__300x405,0.jpgFerdinand Magellan was born in Portugal in 1480. He made influential discoveries throughout the world. He set sail for the spice islands, for Spain, in September of 1519 with 5 ships and 265 men. In december, his ships arrived on the coast of Brazil. From there he found a strait, now called the Strait of Magellan, and continued sailing into the new sea. He named this the Pacific because it was very peaceful. Finally in March of 1521, after 3 months in the Pacific, Magellan landed in the Philippines. Magellan explored the islands and converted the natives to christianity. Magellan was killed by an attack of natives on one of the islands, but his crew went on to finally find the spice islands.
Magellan was the fist man to journey around the world. He discovered the Strait of Magellan and the Pacific Ocean. He is considered to be one of the best explorers to ever set sail. His explorations have been remembered and studied as one of the best discoveries in the Age of Exploration.










Giovanni Bellini - The Feast of the Godsexternal image FeastOfTheGodsZ.jpg
The Feast of the Gods by Giovanni Bellini is an oil painting of gods and other mythological subjects. Bellini had sufficient help on this painting from Titian, who painted some of the landscapes. It displays both chiaroscuro and Sfumato. The people all very detailed, as well as the setting. The Feast of the God's theme comes from a poem, The Feast, by Ovid. It describes a banquet held by the Gods which is also portrayed in the painting. Apparently, one half of the picture was re painted and or redone by Titian after Bellini's death. Those who study art still wonder what happened to the painting and why someone might try to tamper with a great artist's work. The Feast of the Gods was commissioned by a venetian duke to place in his chambers, though it is held in Washington's gallery of art right now.
In this picture, humanism is displayed. The topic of this picture is not of religion, showing that it was a different time than the middle ages. The people were also more realistic and detailed while those who are younger actually have younger features, or realism and has amazing perspective. It has lights, shadows, and animals in the painting. The people have expression and emotion. Art of the renaissance usually included mythological subject matter, so this painting is no different. Humanism had a huge affect on this painting as well as many other paintings of the renaissance.