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Art Imitates Life: The Renaissance: Home

A research guide for Mr. Maher's CP World History Course

Lesson Objective

Lesson 1: We will be able to locate two sources of reliable information through web searches and database navigation

Lesson 2: We will be able to cite our sources properly and avoid plagiarism by using Chicago style in-text citations and a works cited page

Research Goal

By the end of the class period, you will locate two sources of information (i.e.: online database page, book source, website, ect.) that will provide the necessary information to complete your report. Keep in mind that your sources should:

  • Include information regarding the historical context of your painting
  • Include information regarding the artistic analysis of the artwork
  • Be written or complied by an author or organization that is reliable 

Assignment Requirements

As part of your Renaissance unit you will be completing a short report on a work of art during this period. You will be expected to: 

  • Select a work of art/artist to base your report on 
  • Conduct academic research using databases and internet search and locate to sources of information to complete your report
  • Explain what qualities of the art work make it representative of the Renaissance 
  • Provide historical context for the artwork selected

Please refer to Mr. Maher's Renaissance Art Assignment sheet for more specific instructions

Renaissance Artists and Works

Some artists have multiple works of art to choose from.  Most of what is listed below are paintings, but when the works are sculpture you will see a boldface sc appear next to the work.  Likewise a boldface ar represents architecture.


Da Vinci            (The Last Supper, Mona Lisa, Virgin of the Rocks)  

Mantegna           The Dead Christ

Masaccio          (Trinity, The Expulsion of Adam and Eve, Adoration of the Magi)

Giotto                The Arena Chapel

Donatello          (The Feast of Herod, David, Judith Slaying Holofernes)

Botticelli            (The Birth of Venus, Primavera)   

Gentileschi        Judith Slaying Holofernes

Van Eyck          The Ghent altarpiece

Raphael            (The School of Athens, The Marriage of the Virgin)

Michelangelo     (Pieta-sc, David-sc, The Last Judgment)

Brunelleschi       The Florence Cathedral-ar

Bramante           St. Peter’s Basilica-ar

Titian                  (Assumption of the Virgin, Bacchus and Ariadne)

Ghiberti              Gates of Paradise

Giorgione           The Tempest

Donatello            (David-sc, Judith Slaying Holofernes-sc)   


Note:  Certain names (“David” “Judith Slaying Holofernes”) are connected to different artists.  This is not a mistake, Renaissance artists did often depict the same topics as their contemporaries.


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