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Here’s another way to use ThingLink!

World History students need to learn a little bit about Renaissance art and what makes it unique.

The criteria for Renaissance art are:

  1. Realistic – based on the intense study of the human form, tries to portray accurate musculature, skeletal shape, etc; often depicts models (especially sculpture) as nude (to glorify the human body)
  2. Emotional – use of light, color, expression to portray emotion in the subject and to invoke emotion in the audience
  3. 3D – sort of, used linear perspective to show dimension on a flat surface; things in the foreground of the picture are shown to be larger than things in the background
  4. Pyramid Configuration – figures are arranged more naturally, creating a general pyramid shape to show symmetry, rather than arranged on a horizontal grid
  5. Secular – while much of the art in the Renaissance does show religious themes, artists also drew inspiration from classical mythology and nature

Here’s a list of good pieces for students to examine and determine if they meet the criteria.

Renaissance or Not? (The ones marked with ** are not Renaissance!)

1.Hans Holbein the Younger, “The French Ambassadors”
2.Berlinghiero, “Madonna and Child” **
3.“Justinian and Attendants”  **
4.Donatello, “David”
5.Giotto, “Noli me tangere”
6.Botticelli, “Birth of Venus”
7.Masaccio, “The Tribute Money”
8.“The Unicorn in Captivity”  **
9.Leonardo, “The Last Supper”
10.Michelangelo, “Pieta”
11.Raphael, “School of Athens”
12.Van Eyck, “Arnolfini Wedding”
13.Durer, “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”
14.El Greco, “Resurrection”
15.Benedetto Antelami, “Descent from the Cross”
Here’s a way to use ThingLink. Students can annotate an image to determine if it meets the criteria.

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