Three part lecture on his life and writings. Played a pivotal role in reviving classic literature, debate as to whether he can be called the father of the renaissance: petrarch and his life, promotion of classical learning. Humanism - new literary culture he influenced. Examine images of petrarch and explain how they signify his importance and influence. Recognize the importance of leisure and travel on his studies. Infer the significance of petrarch"s writings on humanism. No likenesses exist from his time, but famous for new literary tradition that drew on classical learning and literature, and medieval christian values to forge a new tradition. Appealed to urbanized cosmopolitan world of 14th: italy. Picture to the right - portrayed wearing a laurel wreath, ancient roman tradition showing greatest poets. Poetry in ancient rome was highest of all arts. He is also the sole subject, the portrait was important in the renaissance and reflected the influence of classical culture.