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Art Imitates Life: The Renaissance: Home

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

Lesson Objective

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

Goal 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

Due Date in Google Classroom: 10/2/2018

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. Have the work you choose approved by the teacher. 
  • Conduct academic research using databases and internet search and locate to sources of information to complete your report. Make sure you include historical background information on your subject. We recommend that at least one of your source be a scholarly article. Avoid popular sources such as
  • Learn the specifics of University of Chicago (i.e. "Chicago") style citation. Since this is a history course, you will not be using MLA.
  • Your paper should focus on two basic ideas:
    • What does the painting, sculpture or work orf architecture represent historically?
    • What techniques is the artist using which make the work a distinctively Renaissance era creation?

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

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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