What is the Renaissance?
The Renaissance was a period in European history between the Middle Ages and the Modern Age.
It started in the 15th century as a cultural movement in Italy and later spread to the rest of Europe along the 16th century.
The focus of interest was on the study of science, art, human body, politics and philosophy, architecture and literature.
They got lots of ideas from Ancient Greece (For example in buildings and sculptures) and also they developed the idea of the humanism (interest on the human).
Some of the most important people were:
- Leonardo da Vinci
- Michelangelo Buonarroti
- Raffaello Sanzio
- Nicolaus Copernicus
- Galileo Galilei
- Filippo Brunelleschi
- El Greco
Watch these videos to know about the Renaissance and one of the most important artists of this period.
(Put the video in fullscreen and activate the subtitles if you need them)
What happened before, during and after Renaissance?
Before the Renaissance there was the Middle Ages, have a look at the video to learn about it!
During renaissance lots of good things happened, it was a very inspiring period:
Science improved a lot!
- Nicolaus Copernicus discovered that the Earth is not the in the middle of the Solar System, it's the Sun!
- The Scientific Method was developed.
Discoveries and inventions:
- Christopher Columbus arrived to America!
- The development of the printing press made music more accessible to people.
And after Renaissance another cultural movement came: The Baroque.
Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci or simply Leonardo, was born in 1452 and died 1519.
He was an Italian Renaissance polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography.
Michelangelo Bounarroti was born in 1475 and died in 1564.
He was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet of the Renaissance born in Florence.
Raffaello Sanzio known as Raphael was born in 1483 and died in 1520.
He was an Italian painter and architect of the Renaissance.
- Renaissance Research: Have a look at the slide ("The Tower of Babel"). Click here Google Arts & Culture - Renaissance and choose and artwork. Go to Google Classroom and open the slide's template (diapositiva plantilla). Complete it with the information you will find in the website. Make a screenshot of your slide. Open iMovie and put the photo in the video. Remove the Zoom-in effect.recording your voice explaining all the information you collect.
- The Proportions of the Human Body: Click here to visualize "The proportions of the human body". Draw following the instructions given in the presentation.
- Perspective and vanishing point (punto de fuga) in architecture. Watch the video "Perspective and Vanishing Point" and draw the three drawings included on it.
- David: Bring out your sculpture! You will need a brick of clay and a school punch.
Ready for the action?
Go to your Classroom and click in the link to watch the EdPuzzle!
Answer all the questions at home you can do it alone or with help, but do it!
Google Expeditions (Virtual 360º Tour)
Masterpieces of Renaissance
Middle Ages and Renaissance Architecture
Da Vinci's Inventions
If you consider yourself an artist and you love paper architecture here you have two awesome renaissance mockups.
You aren't supposed to build them during the classes. Just at home or during your breaks (playground)
If you finish one of them:
- You will receive a special certificate
- We will exhibit your mockup in the hall of the school
- We will take a photo of you and your mockup and it will be uploaded to Mirasur's Facebook page and to the MirArt webpage.
Who knows! Maybe you can start becoming famous as a paper artist!
Click on the mockups to download the templates and instructions