Setting the Stage
During the Middle Ages, Europe suffered from both war and plague. Those who survived want to celebrate life and the human spirit. Some began to questions the church, which taught Christians to endure suffering while they awaited their rewards in heaven. In northern Italy, writers and artists began to express this new spirit and to experiment with different styles. These men and women would greatly change how Europeans saw themselves and their world.
1. Introduction to the Renaissance
a. Students will look at a series of famous works of art during the Renaissance time period
(1300-1600). They will briefly analyze the paintings and understand how they portrayed
the spirit of the Renaissance
b. Renaissance Artwork Prezi
c. Students will also go over information about the "Forming" of the Renaissance in Italy
2. Northern Renaissance
a. If time allows, students will be introduced to the Northern Renaissance.
b. They will understand the following concepts....
- Why did the Renaissance eventually make it to northern Europe?
- How were northern Renaissance artists different from those in Italy?
- Why was the Gutenberg Bible and printing press so important.