Writers of the The Renaissance The information on this site was developed by Dr. Honora M. Finkelstein as a series of lecture notes for a World Cultures course. It contains a variety of information about many aspects of world culture throughout the ages. 1 - Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola - Oration on the Dignity of Man 2 - Leon Battista Alberti - On Painting 3 - Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) - The Prince 4 - Baldassare Castiglione - Book of the Courtier 5 - Shakespeare* Made with Xara Website by Susan Smily