The Italian Renaissance (1420-1600)
The Renaissance is a great rebirth of culture and learning. It is a time period in history that began around A.D. 1300 and lasted for approximately 300 years. This new art began in Italy and spread throughout Europe at the end of the Middle Ages. Renaissance art was born out of a new, rapidly evolving civilization. It marked the point of departure from the medieval to the modern world and, as such, laid the foundations for modern Western values and society. Students study this time period when they take the 10th grade World History class.
2. Content framework (Grade 7)
7.8 Students analyze the origins, accomplishments, and geographic diffusion of the Renaissance.
1. Describe the way the revival of classical learning and the arts fostered a new interest in humanism (i.e., a balance between intellectual and religious faith.
2. Explain the importance of Florence in the early stages of the Renaissance and the growth of independent trading cities (e.g. Venice), with emphasis on the cities’ importance in the spread of Renaissance ideas.
3. Detail advances made in literature, arts, science, mathematics, cartography,
Engineering, and the understanding of human anatomy and astronomy (e.g. Dante Alighieri, Leonardo de Vince, Michelangelo di Bnonarroti, Simori, Johann Gutenberg, William Shakespeare.
3. Look under the following search terms in the library automated catalog:
Art – history
da Vinci, Leonard
4. Browse for the following books on the shelf using these call numbers:
709 Corrain, Lucia. The Art of the Renaissance. illustrated by L.R. Galante, Simone Boni. Peter Bedrick Books, New York : 1997. 64 pages. Series: Masters of Art Reading Level: Grade 5-7 or reluctant readers. $19.13
Annotation: This is a good beginning book for reluctant reader students to start to read this time period and get a general understanding of the main ideas and historical development.
Reviews: School Library Journal, January 1998
“An engaging and intelligent treatment of a seemingly overwhelming subject to tackle in so brief a book. It covers 30 topics relevant to the era, such as individual artists, towns, and techniques.” -- Melissa Hudak
709 Barter, James. Artists of the Renaissance.
Lucent Books, 1999. 112 p. ill., map ; 24 cm. 112 pages.
Reading level: 7-9 $23.33
Annotation: Includes bibliographical references and index. Discusses the life and work of six artists of the Italian Renaissance whose works represent important innovations and achievements in painting, sculpture, and architecture. Included are Giotto, Donatello, Brunelleschi, da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael.
Reviews: School Library Journal 07/01/99
“Barter presents the lives and accomplishments of six painters, sculptors, and architects who represent the early and High Renaissance: Giotto, Donatello, Brunelleschi, da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael. …… this is a useful supplement to traditional art-history resources.” -Mary Ann Carcich, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
709 Lassieur, Allison. Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance in World History.
Enslow, Berkeley Heights, NJ : c2000. 128 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
Reading level: 6-9. $23.36. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Annotation: The book traces the life and times of Leonardo da Vinci showing his effect on the world of art and on the history of the Italian Renaissance. It is a good book for students who write reports on the famous Italian artist.
Reviews: School Library Journal 01/ 01/ 01
“The strength of this work is in setting the artist and inventor squarely in his world and giving young people an idea of what life was like at the time. Lassieur notes that da Vinci was 40 at the time Columbus first landed in America, giving a sense of major world events. At times, she captures the excitement of this remarkable period of creativity. Unfortunately, there are only a few illustrations of the subject's work, and all are reproduced in black and white”. --- Robin L. Gibson
709 Kallen, Stuart. Leonardo da Vinci. San Diego, CA : Lucent Books, 2000.
120 pages. Series: The importance of . Reading Level: 7-10. $10.56
Annotation: Includes bibliographical references and index. A biography of the well-known Italian Renaissance man, discussing his personal life, artistic accomplishments, scientific observations, and final legacy. This is a good biography book that gives more simple and brief information on the artist.
Reviews: Publishers Weekly, July 3, 2000
In a starred review, PW called this biography book "a virtuosic work."
940.2 Graham-Dixon, Andrew. Renaissance.
University of California Press, Berkeley, Calif. : c1999.
336 p. : ill (chiefly col.) ; 26 cm. Reading level: YA. $29.95
Annotation: This book is for gifted students. Because it is a companion to a series of videotapes, students can watch the document videotape for a general preview and read chapters of this book to get the main ideas of this historical period.
Review: School Library Journal, 10/00
“Because the author is an art historian, his central focus is on art and architecture, but he also considers the politics, morality, and philosophy that engendered their development. Smaller than most textbooks and laced with beautiful full-color and black-and-white reproductions, the book will appear much less daunting to students than most other art-history tomes. The author's sense of humor and enthusiasm for his subject are palpable throughout. A treasure for budding Renaissance scholars.”--- Cathy Horowitz
Library Journal, 6/15/00
“Companion to a BBC television series, this effort is a gracefully written and up-to-date, if not particularly innovative, lay reader's introduction to Renaissance art and the cultural milieu that spawned it.”. ---Robert Cahn, Fashion Inst. of Technology, New York
709 The Grove Dictionary of Art ---From Renaissance to Impressionism : styles and movements in western art 1400-1900 / edited by Jane Turner. St. Martin's Press, New York : 2000. xii, 377 p. : ill. 24 cm. Reading level: 7 to 12.
Series: The Grove Art series. $27.95
Annotation: Includes bibliographical references. Contains more than 180 articles that provide information on the most significant styles and movements of Western Art from 1400 to 1900.
Reviews: Library Journal 05/15/00 ; Choice 10/01/00
820.9 Concise Dictionary of Literary Biography---Writers of the
Middle Ages and Renaissance before 1600. Volume one.
Detroit : Gale Research, 1992. 436 pages. $83.96 Reading level: Adults
Annotation: Profiles several creative writers from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance before 1660, providing an essay on each author's life and career, as well as primary and secondary bibliographies.
5. Non-print reference materials that may help:
Art of the Western World: Set II. WNET/New York for the Annenberg/CPB Project, 1989. (Vidoetape)
Annotation: Describes the intellectual and economic changes that occurred in Europe from the fourteenth through the sixteenth centuries. This is a very good documentary broadcast on public television.
6. Web reference resources that may help:
Web Museum. http://www.ibiblio.org/wm
Describes the meaning of the Italian Renaissance. Introduces the Renaissance artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo. Good for general background information.
Database contains information on Renaissance and Renaissance artists. Need to use the above-mentioned keywords to find the related articles. Information on the Renaissance covers the whole time period, providing graphics, historical background, and major contributions and major concepts.
Annenberg/CPB Renaissance. http://www.learner.org/exhibits/renaissance/
This web site is a partnership of the Annenberg Foundation and CPB Broadcasting. It offers video programs with related resources to public schools. Here you can find not only the basic information about Renaissance, but also the learning aids of the Renaissance video program.
7. Suggestions for Narrowing This Topic
Discuss the effects of the Renaissance upon art.
Choose an artist, male or female, of the Renaissance period and discuss hi/her life major works.
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