Renaissance Views on the Merits of Painting versus Sculpture


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What is the paragone of the Renaissance?

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1. Why was painting argued to be the most accurate representation of nature?

2. What did the artist Leon Battista Alberti compare painting to?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Renaissance period is well known for its magnificent artwork. But some people don't realize that much of the Renaissance artwork we know today was born out of a competition between painters and sculptors. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the views of art during the Renaissance era. Some things you'll be assessed on include the definition of the 'paragone' and why painting was considered to be the most accurate depiction of nature by some.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The definition of the 'paragone'
  • Reason(s) why painting was thought to be the most accurate depiction of nature
  • What Leon Battista Alberti compared painting to
  • Merits of sculptures, according to Renaissance views
  • Importance of Greek and Roman use of sculpture

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the paragone
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the specific views of painting during the Renaissance
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about sculpture and interpret it in terms of Renaissance art.

Additional Learning

To learn more about opinions during this period, review the accompanying lesson called Renaissance Views on the Merits of Painting versus Sculpture. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Italian artists
  • The merits of painting
  • Merits of sculpture
  • View of a famous artist who was both a sculptor and painter