Gothic Painting: Style & Characteristics


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What does this work by Duccio show an early attempt at in Gothic painting?

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1. Which of the following is indicated by the delicate shading in this painting by Giotto?

2. What was the main form of Northern European Gothic painting?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Although the Gothic era is best known for architecture characterized by pointed arches, painters of this period broke with the symbolic imagery and flat decorative style of Byzantine art and embraced a new visual language of humanism and spatial perspective that would become the hallmarks of Renaissance painting. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand the characteristics of Gothic painting by analyzing the works of some of the major artists of this era.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Major artists of the Gothic era
  • The technique that Duccio's painting is an early attempt at
  • Use of light and shading in Gothic art
  • Places where Gothic art emerged
  • Northern Europe's contribution to Gothic painting
  • Unique details from a sample Gothic manuscript

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of Gothic painting to answer questions about its characteristics and innovative features
  • Making connections - examine the factors that helped Gothic painting to flourish in Italy during the 13th and 14th centuries
  • Information recall - remember what you've learned about Gothic realism

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on the characteristics of Gothic painting. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the scope of Gothic art
  • Recognize key characteristics of Gothic painting
  • Know some of the major painters of the Gothic era
  • Understand the use of architectural detail in Gothic painting
  • Know some of the realistic elements used in manuscript illumination