Ch 12: Fifteenth-Century Art

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This test prep chapter takes you through an in-depth overview of fifteenth-century art, including famous paintings, sculptures, and architecture. Each lesson touches on important subjects, including Renaissance themes, that will help you develop your knowledge base.

Fifteenth-Century Art - Chapter Summary

This chapter delves into the defining artworks and architectural styles of Europe's Renaissance, specifically, the 15th century. As you work through the lessons of this chapter, you will see how important this particular century was for contemporary artists in terms of new ideas and techniques. By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the influence of the Greco-Roman era on Italian artists during the Renaissance
  • Understand what humanism is and how it influenced artists of the 15th century
  • Give some examples of 15th-century European art
  • Give examples of art in which artists mixed religious and secular themes
  • Explain the role of portraiture during the Renaissance
  • Understand the role of patrons and politics in the livelihood of artists
  • Name influential artists and some of their work
  • Explain some differences in Italian, western, and northern Renaissance art

Work through each lesson by watching the video at the top and/or reading through the accompanying transcription. When you are confident that you fully understand the content of each lesson, you can take an online quiz to check your progress. Working through each lesson and quiz carefully will help you a great deal when it comes to understanding this topic.

16 Lessons in Chapter 12: Fifteenth-Century Art
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Renaissance Art: Artists, Paintings, Sculptures & Architecture

1. 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.

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.

Materials & Techniques of Renaissance Art

3. Materials & Techniques of Renaissance Art

In this lesson, you will explore the materials and techniques used by Renaissance artists and discover how these defined Renaissance styles. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

15th-Century Italian Art: Greek, Roman & Classical Influences

4. 15th-Century Italian Art: Greek, Roman & Classical Influences

In this lesson, you will explore the influences of ancient Greek and Roman art on Renaissance artists and architects. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Themes in Renaissance Art: David & Goliath, Equestrian & State Portraits

5. Themes in Renaissance Art: David & Goliath, Equestrian & State Portraits

In this lesson, you will explore various common themes that appeared throughout Renaissance art in the 15th century. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Patrons of Renaissance Art: Roles, Influence & Famous Works

6. Patrons of Renaissance Art: Roles, Influence & Famous Works

In this lesson, you will explore the role of the patron in the creation of art during the Italian Renaissance of the 15th century. You will examine renaissance society, as well as explore several famous works.

The Integration of the Sacred & Secular in Renaissance Art

7. The Integration of the Sacred & Secular in Renaissance Art

In this lesson, you will explore the ways that the sacred and secular were intertwined in both Italian art and Italian life during the 15th century. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Important Works of Fifteenth-Century Italian Artists

8. Important Works of Fifteenth-Century Italian Artists

In this lesson, you will explore some of the major works of Italian art from the 15th century and discover what characteristics they share. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Development of Illusionism from Giotto to Mantegna

9. Development of Illusionism from Giotto to Mantegna

In this lesson, you will explore the development and use of illusionism in Renaissance art across the late 14th and 15th centuries. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

15th-Century Art of Northern Europe & Spain: Characteristics, Materials & Techniques

10. 15th-Century Art of Northern Europe & Spain: Characteristics, Materials & Techniques

In this lesson, you will explore the artist innovations in materials and techniques in 15th-century Northern Europe and Spain and discover how they defined the characteristics of art. Then, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Development of Northern Painting in 15th-Century Europe

11. The Development of Northern Painting in 15th-Century Europe

In this lesson, you will explore the development of painting in Northern Europe during the 15th century, including styles, techniques, and characteristics. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Comparing the 15th-Century Art of Flanders, France, Germany & Spain

12. Comparing the 15th-Century Art of Flanders, France, Germany & Spain

In this lesson, you will compare the very different styles of 15th-century art found across Europe and discover the reasons for these differences. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Illustrating Economic Conditions in 15th-Century Northern European Art

13. Illustrating Economic Conditions in 15th-Century Northern European Art

In this lesson, you will explore the connections between art and the economy in Northern Europe of the 15th century. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Devotional Influences in 15th-Century Northern European Art

14. Devotional Influences in 15th-Century Northern European Art

In this lesson, you will explore the connection between religion and art in 15th-century Northern Europe and discover how worship defined artistic styles. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Role of Politics in 15th-Century Northern European & Spanish Art

15. The Role of Politics in 15th-Century Northern European & Spanish Art

In this lesson, you will explore the role of politics throughout parts of Europe in the 15th century and discover how political stability can influence artistic styles. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Influence of Patrons in 15th-Century Northern European & Spanish Art

16. The Influence of Patrons in 15th-Century Northern European & Spanish Art

In this lesson, you will explore the relationship between patron and artist in the creation of art during the 15th century in Northern Europe. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

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