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Ch 12: Sixteenth-Century Italian Art

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Watch brief video lessons made to learn about 16th century Italian art in a fun and interesting way. Quizzes following each lesson and an exam at the end of the chapter will help ensure understanding and retention of the material.

Sixteenth-Century Italian Art - Chapter Summary & Learning Objectives

Check out the brief, engaging video lessons of this chapter on 16th century art in Italy. You'll review characteristics of art in this time period as well as artists like Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci and the relationship between the church and art in 16th century Italy. Expert instructors are available to answer any questions that arise as you learn about things like:

  • Differences between Renaissance, Venetian and Mannerist art
  • Influence of religion and philosophy on renaissance art
  • The ideal of the circle
  • The meaning and technique of Da Vinci's Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, Michelangelo's La Pieta and Statue of David
  • Architectural style of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome
  • The life and work of Donatello and Raphael

Video Objective
16th-Century Italian Painting & Sculpture: Characteristics, Techniques & Works Describe characteristics, materials and techniques of Renaissance, Venetian and Mannerist painting and sculpture.
Comparing High Renaissance and Mannerist Architecture Distinguish between architecture of the High Renaissance and Mannerist styles.
Religious & Philosophical Influences on High Renaissance Art Using famous examples, explain the influence of religion and philosophy on High Renaissance art.
The Status of Artists in Renaissance Society Discuss the societal status of Renaissance artists and how their legacy endured in the following century.
The Ideal of the Circle in Renaissance Art Explain what is meant by the ideal of the circle.
Pope Julius as a High Renaissance Patron Explain the role of Julius II in patronage of High Renaissance art.
St Peter's Basilica in Rome: Architecture, History & Quiz Describe the architecture of St. Peter's Basilica.
Leonardo Da Vinci: Biography Learn about the life and work of Da Vinci.
The Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci: History, Facts & Location Understand the history of Da Vinci's Mona Lisa.
The Last Supper by Da Vinci: Facts, Location & Quiz Understand the history of Da Vinci's The Last Supper.
Biography of Raphael: Paintings, Architecture & Major Works Learn about the life and work of Raphael.
The School of Athens by Raphael: Description, Figures & Analysis Analyze Raphael's School of Athens.
Michelangelo: Biography and Works Learn about the life and work of Michelangelo.
La Pieta by Michelangelo: Sculpture Analysis, Lesson & Quiz Analyze Michelangelo's La Pieta.
Artist Donatello: Biography, Paintings & Sculptures Learn about the life and work of Donatello.
Comparing Michelangelo's and Donatello's Statue of David Summarize the differences between the Statue of David by Michelangelo and the sculpture of the same name by Donatello.
Comparing the Restored and Unrestored Creation of Adam Differentiate between the restored and unrestored versions of the Creation of Adam.
Venetian Renaissance Art vs Florentine and Roman Work Using famous examples, compare art of Venice, Florentine and Rome during the Renaissance.
Renaissance Views on the Merits of Painting versus Sculpture Explain Vasari's views on painting and sculpture.
Vasari's View of Female Artists Summarize the opinions of Vasari on female artists.
The Architecture of the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore Illustrate the plan of San Giorgio Maggiore and explain the innovative solution for its façade.
The Implications & Consequences of the Trial of Veronese Explain the meaning and impact of Veronese's trial with the Inquisition.
Palladian Architecture: Classical and non-Classical features Identify classical and non-classical features of Palladio's architecture.

23 Lessons in Chapter 12: Sixteenth-Century Italian Art
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
16th-Century Italian Painting & Sculpture: Characteristics, Techniques & Works

1. 16th-Century Italian Painting & Sculpture: Characteristics, Techniques & Works

In this lesson, you will explore the artistic styles of Italy during the 16th century and discover what characterizes each style. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Comparing High Renaissance and Mannerist Architecture

2. Comparing High Renaissance and Mannerist Architecture

In this lesson, you will explore both High Renaissance and Mannerist architectural styles and discover the relationship between them. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Religious & Philosophical Influences on High Renaissance Art

3. Religious & Philosophical Influences on High Renaissance Art

In this lesson you will explore the role of religion and philosophy in the art of the High Renaissance, and discover how artists blended them together. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Status of Artists in Renaissance Society

4. The Status of Artists in Renaissance Society

In this lesson, you will explore the role and status of artists during the Renaissance and discover how artists achieved this status and what was expected of them. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Ideal of the Circle in Renaissance Art

5. The Ideal of the Circle in Renaissance Art

In this lesson, you will explore how the circle was idealized as the perfect shape by Renaissance artists and discover how it was incorporated into their art and architecture. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Pope Julius as a High Renaissance Patron

6. Pope Julius as a High Renaissance Patron

In this lesson, you will explore the role of Pope Julius II as a patron of the arts during the High Renaissance. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

St. Peter's Basilica in Rome: Architecture & History

7. St. Peter's Basilica in Rome: Architecture & History

What do 13 Catholic popes and 14 architects have in common? Aside from their shared Italian heritage, they were all instrumental in building St. Peter's Basilica. In this lesson you will learn about this famous church's history and architecture.

Leonardo da Vinci: Biography

8. 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.

The Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci: History, Facts & Location

9. The Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci: History, Facts & Location

This lesson discusses the history of the one of the world's most famous paintings, the Mona Lisa. Learn more about Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

The Last Supper by Da Vinci: Facts & Location

10. The Last Supper by Da Vinci: Facts & Location

In this lesson, we'll learn about the painting The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. We'll look at why the painting was commissioned, what the figures in the painting represent and attempts to preserve the painting for future generations to enjoy.

Biography of Raphael: Paintings, Architecture & Major Works

11. 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.

The School of Athens by Raphael: Description, Figures & Analysis

12. The School of Athens by Raphael: Description, Figures & Analysis

Learn about the subject, style and meaning of the painting 'The School of Athens' by Raphael and test your understanding of the Italian Renaissance, art, and European culture.

Michelangelo: Biography and Works

13. 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

14. 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.

Artist Donatello: Biography, Paintings & Sculptures

15. Artist Donatello: Biography, Paintings & Sculptures

More than any other artist, Donatello helped inspire the Renaissance in sculpture. Learn more about how he drew knowledge from the ancients to apply techniques that had never been seen before.

Comparing Michelangelo's and Donatello's Statue of David

16. Comparing Michelangelo's and Donatello's Statue of David

In this lesson, you will explore how Michelangelo's and Donatello's statues are similar, and how they are different. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Comparing the Restored and Unrestored Creation of Adam

17. Comparing the Restored and Unrestored Creation of Adam

In this lesson, you will explore the process and results of the restoration of the 'Creation of Adam' and discover why this remains controversial. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Venetian Renaissance Art vs. Florentine and Roman Work

18. Venetian Renaissance Art vs. Florentine and Roman Work

In this lesson, you will explore both the Florentine/Roman and Venetian styles of art during the Italian Renaissance and discover their similarities and differences.

Renaissance Views on the Merits of Painting versus Sculpture

19. Renaissance Views on the Merits of Painting versus Sculpture

In this lesson, you will explore the major Renaissance debate about the merits of painting versus sculpture, the two most popular forms of art. Then test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Vasari's View of Female Artists

20. Vasari's View of Female Artists

In this lesson, you will explore the lives of female artists in the Renaissance and discover what Giorgio Vasari thought of these painters and sculptors. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Architecture of the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore

21. The Architecture of the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore

In this lesson, you will explore the architecture of the Venetian church San Giorgio Maggiore. At the end of the lesson, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Implications & Consequences of the Trial of Veronese

22. The Implications & Consequences of the Trial of Veronese

In this lesson, you will explore the trial of Venetian artist Paolo Veronese and discover how this trial demonstrated the power of both the Inquisition and the city of Venice. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Palladian Architecture: Classical and non-Classical Features

23. Palladian Architecture: Classical and non-Classical Features

In this lesson, you will explore the various elements of Palladian architecture and discover how Classical and non-Classical features interplay in these buildings. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

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