Renaissance Art
'The Creation of Adam' is one part of a fresco painting by Michelangelo, on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. It is one of the most famous pieces of Renaissance art.

Renaissance Art

This quiz addresses the requirements of the National Curriculum KS3 in Art and Design for children aged 11 to 14 in years 7 to 9. Specifically this quiz is aimed at the section dealing with understanding art movements and their influence on the world, and it focusses in particular on the Renaissance Art Movement.

In KS3 children will learn how to critically appraise historical works of art, as well as understand the influence ancient movements have had on art today.

The period immediately following the Middle Ages in Europe saw a significant revival of interest in the classical styles and values of Ancient Greece and Rome. As politics became more stable and people began to prosper as a result, new technologies began to emerge – one of which was the printing press. New parts of the world were discovered and astronomy was revolutionised. Philosophy, literature and art entered a new era.

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The main styles associated with the Renaissance first became aparent in Italy in the late 14th century, peaking in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. Italian masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael were key figures in the movement and some of their works have endured through the decades to remain some of the most popular and well-recognised art works ever created.

Renaissance art sought to capture the experience of the individual and the beauty and mystery of the natural world. Renaissance art marks the transition of Europe from the Medieval period to the Early Modern Age

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Try your hand at these questions about the Renaissance Art Movement and the influence it has had on the art of later periods.

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  1. Which historical and cultural period came after the Renaissance?
    The Enlightenment is characterised by great revolutions in science, philosophy, society and politics. The artistic period that followed the Renaissance was the Baroque which exaggerated emotions. The Baroque piece pictured is 'The Crowning with Thorns' by Caravaggio
  2. Where and when did Renaissance Art emerge?
    The Renaissance period came after the Middle Ages and saw a return to a beautiful, classical style of painting and sculpture.
    This painting is 'Sacred and Profane Love' by Titian, one of the most important Renaissance artists
  3. Whose meticulous observations of the natural world ensured real development in perfecting pictorial art?
    Da Vinci's use of oils as his main medium meant he could more accurately portray light and its effect on a subject. This painting, 'The Annunciation', is thought to be Leonardo's earliest completed work. It dates from between 1475-1480
  4. Although Italy led the way, other regions developed their own Renaissance styles. What inspired them?
    Many Renaissance works outside of Italy had a heavy religious influence. This painting by Rogier van der Weyden in 1435 shows Christ's descent from the cross
  5. What is the name of Michaelangelo's most famous sculpture?
    Michaelangelo's other famous work is the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, which took him several years to complete!
  6. Many Renaissance Artists developed the technique of foreshortening. What is this?
    The technique relies on a good use of perspective and ultimately adds to the realism of a painting. This painting by Andrea Mantegna, 'The Lamentation of Christ', is a good example of foreshortening
  7. Jean Fouquet, a French artist, is credited with the first examples of which kind of painting?
    He visited Italy in 1437 and brought back many ideas which he applied in his role as painter of the royal court in France. This portrait by Fouquet is of Charles VII of France
  8. A competition in Florence in 1401 drew several entries from now famous names. What was to be designed?
    The competition to sculpt a set of bronze doors of the Baptistery of Florence Cathedral drew entries from seven young sculptors including Brunelleschi and Donatello. This particular panel shows a part of the story of Joseph
  9. Da Vinci coined a phrase which meant blurring or softening of sharp outlines by blending one tone into another. What was the phrase?
    Blending in this way, through the use of thin glazes, gave the illusion of depth or three-dimensionality. The Latin origin is fumare, to smoke! This painting is perhaps da Vinci's most famous work - 'The Mona Lisa'
  10. A famous German Renaissance painter created fantastic imagery which combined plants, animals and architecture. What was he called?
    His paintings have a surreal quality and are quite unlike anything else produced at the time. This one is called 'The Last Judgement'

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