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AP European History: Renaissance Philosophy, Art, and Literature - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
After the Middle Ages, Europe experienced a rebirth in all aspects of culture, a period termed the Renaissance. In this chapter, you'll take a look at some of the famous artists and writers of the time period, learning the overarching styles and themes of Renaissance work. Our instructors have broken down this chapter into smaller lessons that each focus on one topic, from explaining what humanism meant for Renaissance thinkers to exploring the paintings and sculptures of Michelangelo. You'll learn both about specific pieces of art from this era as well as the ideals that embody the Renaissance. This chapter is designed to teach you:
- About the art of da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo
- Renaissance ideals like humanism
- How Classical culture influenced the Renaissance
- Writing of the Renaissance era
|Cicero's Effect on Renaissance Thinkers||Understand how this Roman philosopher's works influenced the culture of the Renaissance.|
|Humanism in the Renaissance: Recognizing the Beauty of the Individual||Learn about the main philosophy of the Renaissance movement and its impact on art, education, politics, and science.|
|Renaissance Art: Artists, Paintings, Sculptures, and Architecture||Take a look at the transformation of art from the medieval era into the new take on Classical antiquity.|
|The Canterbury Tables by Geoffrey Chaucer||Explore this collection of tales that ranges from bawdy to reverent and what they tell us about this time period.|
|Leonardo da Vinci: Biography||Examine the life and works of this famous inventor, artist, mathematician, engineer, and writer.|
|Raphael: Biography||Study the work of this Italian master painter and architect, looking at the ease of composition and clarity of form in his art.|
|Michelangelo: Biography||Get an overview of the masterpieces created by this Italian artist, including his most famous painting in the Sistine Chapel.|
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. 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.
7. 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.
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