The Origins of the Myth of the Mad Artist


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What is the myth of the mad artist?

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1. What did the ancient Greeks think was the source of creative genius?

2. What did melancholy mean to Aristotle?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The worksheet and quiz for this lesson will help you to better understand the mythology behind the image of the mad artist. Specific information will include the origins of this myth along with details on the historical connections that have been made between creativity and insanity.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These lesson items will test you on:

  • Attributes of Renaissance society to the Myth of the Mad Artist
  • The definition of the Myth of the Mad Artist
  • Ancient Greek beliefs on creative genius
  • Melancholy and Aristotle
  • The ideas of Aristotle and Plato

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet assess the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify the definition given to the phrases 'melancholy' and 'genius' by Aristotle and the ancient Greeks, respectively
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Plato and Aristotle's ideas about the mad artist
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related the Myth of the Mad Artist lesson

Additional Learning

Learn all the details of this myth by reviewing the lesson on The Origins of the Myth of the Mad Artist. These objectives will be covered in this lesson:

  • Understand the proposed link between genius and insanity
  • Define 'The Myth of the Mad Artist'
  • Discover the role of Marsilio Ficino in developing the Myth of the Mad Artist
  • Know how the development of the printing press is related to the history of the myth
  • Connect the concept of melancholy with Aristotle
  • Identify the connection between the myth and the Renaissance