The European Renaissance concurs with the transition in climate from the Medieval Warm Period to the Little Ice Age. A long list of famous winter painters is headed by Pieter Brueg(h)el the elder, showing a harsh climate, which nontheless did not seem to affect the further devellopment of the European nations that much. Instead ice skating for instance was an excellent alternative for transportation when the rivers and lakes were frozen over. So a friend decided to dedicate a history thesis about the Renaissance and coping with the cold. How did they do it? Hints, discussions, sources of course, are very welcome.