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Fifteenth-Century Italian Art - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Fifteenth-century Europe was a time of great cultural transformation. Nowhere is this societal evolution more evident than in the Italian art of the period known as the Renaissance. Each lesson in this chapter will cover a different dynamic of the Italian art of the fifteenth-century, from architecture to painting and religion. Take self-assessment quizzes following each lesson and if you need support, ask questions of a knowledgeable instructor. These lessons contain information on such specifics as:
- Examples of significant works
- The influences that affected Italian Renaissance art
- How art relates to religion
- Dominant themes of this art
- Italian Renaissance artists
- Details of architectural designs
|The Renaissance Timeline: Events Overview||Detail the events of the time period.|
|The Northern Renaissance||Learn about the Renaissance in northern Italy.|
|Renaissance Art: Artists, Paintings, Sculptures & Architecture||Get an overview of the Renaissance.|
|Humanism in the Renaissance: Recognizing the Beauty of the Individual||Discover the humanism of the Renaissance.|
|Materials & Techniques of Renaissance Art||Describe the materials and techniques of Renaissance art.|
|15th-Century Italian Art: Greek, Roman & Classical Influences||Discuss the influence of Greek and Roman sculpture and Classical mythology.|
|The Theme of Fame in Renaissance Art||Discuss the theme of fame in Renaissance art.|
|Themes in Renaissance Art: David & Goliath, Equestrian & State Portraits||Discuss specific themes of the Renaissance art.|
|Patrons of Renaissance Art: Roles, Influence & Famous Works||Describe the role and influence of patrons on Renaissance art.|
|The Integration of the Sacred & Secular in Renaissance Art||Identify and describe the integration of sacred and secular concerns in Renaissance art.|
|Important Works of Fifteenth-Century Italian Artists||Compare the work of various artists.|
|Filippo Brunelleschi: Artwork, Architecture & Facts||Learn all about this Renaissance man.|
|The Basilica di Santo Spirito: Design & Layout||Illustrate and label the plan of Santo Spirito.|
|Comparing Linear & Aerial Perspectives||Compare linear perspective with aerial perspective.|
|Development of Illusionism from Giotto to Mantegna||Describe the development of illusionism from Giotto to Mantegna.|
|Comparing the Art of Gentile da Fabriano & Robert Campin||Compare Gentile da Fabriano's Procession and Adoration of the Magi with Robert Campin's Mérode Altarpiece.|
|Iconography of the Ghent Altarpiece||Describe the iconographic program of the Ghent Altarpiece.|
|The Duomo Cathedral of Florence: Architecture, History & Facts||Study the famous Florentine cathedral.|
|How the Printing Press Changed the World||Learn about this revolutionary invention.|
1. The Renaissance Timeline: Events Overview
In this lesson, we will build an outline of the historical events which flow together to form the time periods of the Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Discovery, and the Elizabethan era.
2. The Northern Renaissance
This lesson will focus on the Northern Renaissance. It will contrast the Renaissance of the North with the Italian Renaissance, exploring these differences in the areas of art, politics, and religion.
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. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. The Theme of Fame in Renaissance Art
In this lesson, you will explore the way that fame was related to art during the Italian Renaissance of the 15th century. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. Filippo Brunelleschi: Artwork, Architecture & Facts
Explore the life and work of Renaissance architect Filippo Brunelleschi and test your understanding of the Italian Renaissance, European history, and art.
13. The Basilica di Santo Spirito: Design & Layout
In this lesson, you will explore the design and layout of the Basilica di Santo Spirito in Florence, Italy. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
14. Comparing Linear & Aerial Perspectives
In this lesson, you will explore the techniques developed by Renaissance artists to create realistic illusions of depth. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
15. 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.
16. Comparing the Art of Gentile da Fabriano & Robert Campin
In this lesson, you will explore the various artistic styles of 15th-century masters Gentile da Fabriano and Robert Campin. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
17. Iconography of the Ghent Altarpiece
In this lesson, you will explore the complex and intricate iconography of the Ghent Altarpiece, one of the most enigmatic masterpieces of art from Northern Europe. Then, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.
18. The Duomo Cathedral of Florence: Architecture, History & Facts
In this lesson, you'll explore the creation, development, and significance of one of Italy's most important churches and increase your knowledge of architecture, art, and history. When you are through, test your knowledge with a quiz.
19. How the Printing Press Changed the World
When you think of inventions that changed the world, you may think of farming tools or the wheel, or even the Internet. However, few can truly compare to the humble printing press.
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Other chapters within the Art 101: Art of the Western World course
- The Art of Ancient Egypt
- The Art of the Ancient Near East
- The Art of Ancient Greece
- The Art of Ancient Rome
- Early Christian Art
- Byzantine Art
- The Art of Early Medieval Europe
- Romanesque Art
- Gothic Art
- Fifteenth-Century Art of Northern Europe & Spain
- Sixteenth-Century Italian Art
- Sixteenth-Century Art of Northern Europe & Spain
- Baroque Art
- Rococo Art
- Neoclassical Art
- Romanticism in Art
- Realism in Art
- Impressionist Art
- Post-Impressionist Art
- Art of the Early Twentieth Century
- Postwar to Postmodern Art
- Contemporary Art