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- Students who have fallen behind in understanding humanism in the Renaissance or artists, writers and philosophies of the period
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Students will review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a Renaissance philosophy, art and literature unit of a standard AP European history course. Topics covered include:
- Philosophies and influence of Cicero
- Humanism and its proponents in the Renaissance
- Artists, art and architecture of the Renaissance
- Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
- Major works by Raphael and Michelangelo
1. Cicero and the Renaissance: Philosophies & Influence
In this lesson, we will meet the Roman philosopher and statesman Cicero and discover the influence his writings had on Renaissance thinkers, writers, and politicians.
2. Humanism in the Renaissance: Recognizing the Beauty of the Individual
In this lesson, we will be discussing how humanism changed the idea of the individual from something sinful and controlled by the Church into something of great beauty and worth.
3. Renaissance Art: Artists, Paintings, Sculptures & Architecture
In this lesson, we will be discussing Renaissance art, focusing primarily on paintings, sculptures, and architecture. We will also be learning how humanism affected the art of this time period.
4. Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
This lesson analyzes Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, an early classic of English literature. In it we will highlight Chaucer's criticism of social rank, the position of women, and Church corruption.
5. Leonardo da Vinci: Biography
This lesson will focus on the life of Leonardo da Vinci. It will highlight his career as an artist, an inventor, a scientist and a student of the human form. It will also include many of his most famous works.
6. Biography of Raphael: Paintings, Architecture & Major Works
In this lesson, we will meet the Renaissance artist Raphael. We will examine his life, a few of his most famous paintings and his work in architecture.
7. Michelangelo: Biography and Works
This lesson will focus on the life and works of Michelangelo. It will discuss his life in Florence, his dealings with the Medici family, his sculpture 'David,' the Sistine Chapel and many other of his awe-inspiring works.
8. La Pieta by Michelangelo: Sculpture Analysis & Overview
Explore the background, creation and significance of Michelangelo's famous sculpture, and then test your understanding with a quiz about the Pieta and Italian art.
9. Linear Perspective in Renaissance Art: Definition & Example Works
Renaissance artists were concerned with making their art look realistic, and one of the ways they achieved this realism was through the use of linear perspective. This lesson discusses the rediscovery of linear perspective during the Renaissance.
10. Sandro Botticelli: Paintings & Facts
Explore the life and works of the Italian master of painting Sandro Botticelli, and test your understanding of Renaissance Italian art, life, politics, religion, and culture.
11. Savonarola: Biography & Overview
Savonarola was a controversial yet passionate figure in Renaissance Florence. Read this lesson to learn more about what he accomplished in his relatively short lifetime.
12. Tomasso Masaccio: Paintings & Facts
Explore the life and paintings of the great Italian artist Tomasso Masaccio and test your understanding about the Italian Renaissance, painting techniques, and the history of art.
13. Verrocchio: Paintings & Sculptures
Explore the life and works of the Italian artist Andrea del Verrocchio and test your understanding about the Italian Renaissance, the masterpieces of Verrocchio and the history of Western art.
14. Hans Holbein the Younger: Biography, Famous Paintings & The Ambassadors
In this lesson we'll look at the life and work of Hans Holbein, a German painter of the 16th century known for painting portraits of Henry VIII. A Renaissance painter with deep roots in the artistic traditions of northern Europe, Holbein created realistic portraits that could also express complex symbolic meanings.
15. Charles Perrault: Biography, Fairy Tales & Books
Charles Perrault, a French writer, is most well known for popularizing several traditional folk tales during the late 1600s. Learn about his most famous book, the Tales of Mother Goose, and take a quiz to test your understanding.
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