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Ch 2: AP European History - Renaissance Philosophy: Help & Review

About This Chapter

The Renaissance Philosophy, Art & Literature chapter of this AP European History Help and Review course is the simplest way to master the philosophy, art and literature of the Renaissance. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of Renaissance philosophy, art and literature.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering European history material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn European history. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding humanism in the Renaissance or artists, writers and philosophies of the period
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning history (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about the philosophy, art and literature of the Renaissance
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra history learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Renaissance Philosophy, Art & Literature chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Renaissance Philosophy, Art & Literature chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any Renaissance philosophy, art and literature question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

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

15 Lessons in Chapter 2: AP European History - Renaissance Philosophy: Help & Review
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Cicero and the Renaissance: Philosophies & Influence

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.

Humanism in the Renaissance: Recognizing the Beauty of the Individual

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.

Renaissance Art: Artists, Paintings, Sculptures & Architecture

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.

Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

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.

Leonardo da Vinci: Biography

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.

Biography of Raphael: Paintings, Architecture & Major 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.

Michelangelo: Biography and Works

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.

La Pieta by Michelangelo: Sculpture Analysis & Overview

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.

Linear Perspective in Renaissance Art: Definition & Example Works

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.

Sandro Botticelli: Paintings & Facts

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.

Savonarola: Biography & Overview

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.

Tomasso Masaccio: Paintings & Facts

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.

Verrocchio: Paintings & Sculptures

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.

Hans Holbein the Younger: Biography, Famous Paintings & The Ambassadors

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.

Charles Perrault: Biography, Fairy Tales & Books

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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