A few main points: 1. The craft involved in making an image or object, together with its function and iconography should be valued equally. 2. The altarpiece tradition serves an important role in Renaissance religious life. 3. Renaissance art, whether sacred, secular, or somewhere in between, was full of stories. 4. Artists modify and adapt reality for their own purposes, artistic or otherwise. 5. The idea of "Renaissance men" 6. Women in Renaissance had roles as patrons, artists and subjects. 7. Images of mythological figures such as Venus or Icarus, and Classical genres like the marble portrait bust or the bronze statuette, these objects were an important part of wealthy 15th- and 16th-century beholders. 8. The sculpture placement in Piazza della Signoria reflects the frequent power shift in Renaissance Florence, especially between the Republican government and the Medici. 9. Vasari is the first art historian; Michelangelo was the first artist whose biography was written when he was alive.