KS3 Art and Design Quiz - Renaissance Art (Questions)

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

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. Where and when did Renaissance Art emerge?
[ ] In America in the 21st Century
[ ] In Russia in the 12th Century
[ ] In Italy in the 14th Century
[ ] In India in the 13th Century
2. Although Italy led the way, other regions developed their own Renaissance styles. What inspired them?
[ ] The way that art in the Middle East was developing
[ ] The Pop Art style of Lichtenstein
[ ] The Cubist Movement
[ ] Tempera painting, stained glass and book illumination
3. A competition in Florence in 1401 drew several entries from now famous names. What was to be designed?
[ ] A sculpture for the king
[ ] A stained glass window
[ ] Cathedral doors
[ ] A fountain in a large square in Florence
4. Jean Fouquet, a French artist, is credited with the first examples of which kind of painting?
[ ] Fresco painting
[ ] Painting 'En Plein Air'
[ ] Enormous freizes
[ ] The portrait miniature
5. Whose meticulous observations of the natural world ensured real development in perfecting pictorial art?
[ ] Michaelangelo
[ ] Leonardo Da Vinci
[ ] Donatello
[ ] Raphael
6. What is the name of Michaelangelo's most famous sculpture?
[ ] David
[ ] Michael
[ ] Leonardo
[ ] Raphael
7. Many Renaissance Artists developed the technique of foreshortening. What is this?
[ ] Making the portrait appear shorter
[ ] Completing four paintings of different heights
[ ] Painting with a limited palette of colours
[ ] Creating an illusion of depth
8. Da Vinci coined a phrase which meant blurring or softening of sharp outlines by blending one tone into another. What was the phrase?
[ ] Blendito
[ ] Sfumato
[ ] Blurissimo
[ ] Tonalito
9. A famous German Renaissance painter created fantastic imagery which combined plants, animals and architecture. What was he called?
[ ] Hieronymus Bosch
[ ] Henry Mouse Basch
[ ] Harold Miss Bush
[ ] Harvey Mass Bisch
10. Which historical and cultural period came after the Renaissance?
[ ] The Awakening
[ ] The Enlightenment
[ ] The Realisation
[ ] The Understanding
KS3 Art and Design Quiz - Renaissance Art (Answers)
1. Where and when did Renaissance Art emerge?
[ ] In America in the 21st Century
[ ] In Russia in the 12th Century
[x] In Italy in the 14th Century
[ ] In India in the 13th Century
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
2. Although Italy led the way, other regions developed their own Renaissance styles. What inspired them?
[ ] The way that art in the Middle East was developing
[ ] The Pop Art style of Lichtenstein
[ ] The Cubist Movement
[x] Tempera painting, stained glass and book illumination
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
3. A competition in Florence in 1401 drew several entries from now famous names. What was to be designed?
[ ] A sculpture for the king
[ ] A stained glass window
[x] Cathedral doors
[ ] A fountain in a large square in Florence
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
4. Jean Fouquet, a French artist, is credited with the first examples of which kind of painting?
[ ] Fresco painting
[ ] Painting 'En Plein Air'
[ ] Enormous freizes
[x] The portrait miniature
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
5. Whose meticulous observations of the natural world ensured real development in perfecting pictorial art?
[ ] Michaelangelo
[x] Leonardo Da Vinci
[ ] Donatello
[ ] Raphael
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
6. What is the name of Michaelangelo's most famous sculpture?
[x] David
[ ] Michael
[ ] Leonardo
[ ] Raphael
Michaelangelo's other famous work is the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, which took him several years to complete!
7. Many Renaissance Artists developed the technique of foreshortening. What is this?
[ ] Making the portrait appear shorter
[ ] Completing four paintings of different heights
[ ] Painting with a limited palette of colours
[x] Creating an illusion of depth
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
8. Da Vinci coined a phrase which meant blurring or softening of sharp outlines by blending one tone into another. What was the phrase?
[ ] Blendito
[x] Sfumato
[ ] Blurissimo
[ ] Tonalito
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'
9. A famous German Renaissance painter created fantastic imagery which combined plants, animals and architecture. What was he called?
[x] Hieronymus Bosch
[ ] Henry Mouse Basch
[ ] Harold Miss Bush
[ ] Harvey Mass Bisch
His paintings have a surreal quality and are quite unlike anything else produced at the time. This one is called 'The Last Judgement'
10. Which historical and cultural period came after the Renaissance?
[ ] The Awakening
[x] The Enlightenment
[ ] The Realisation
[ ] The Understanding
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