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

  • Donatello

  • 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!

The Middle Ages is considered one of the darkest periods in history. Around 200 million people died in the whole world victim of the Black Plague. (Video 1) (Video 2)

During renaissance lots of good things happened, it was a very inspiring period:

Science improved a lot!

Discoveries and inventions:

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.

Click here to see with a very high resolution the picture of La Gioconda (La Mona Lisa)

Click here to visit the room where La Gioconda is located at The Louvre Museum.

But if you go to visit it you will find it like this: Click

Michelangelo Buonarroti

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.

Click here to see a 360º image of La Galleria dell'Accademia, the place where the David sculpture is located.

Virtual tour to the Sistine Chapel at The Vatican Museums

Raffaello Sanzio

Raffaello Sanzio known as Raphael was born in 1483 and died in 1520.

He was an Italian painter and architect of the Renaissance.

In class


  1. Meme-Renaissance: Renaissance is not boring anymore! Create a meme with some of the most famous artworks.

  2. 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.

  3. The Proportions of the Human Body: Click here to visualize "The proportions of the human body". Draw following the instructions given in the presentation.

  4. La Gioconda out of context: Make a funny interpretation of this famous artwork.

  5. Perspective and vanishing point (punto de fuga) in architecture. Watch the video "Perspective and Vanishing Point" and draw the three drawings included on it.

  6. David: Bring out your sculpture! You will need a brick of clay and a school punch.

Copia de The proportions of human body
Copia de Perspective & Vanishing Point
Copia de Renaissance Research
La Gioconda out of context
Copia de David - Miguelangelo

Google Expeditions (Virtual 360º Tour)

Masterpieces of Renaissance

Middle Ages and Renaissance Architecture

Da Vinci's Inventions

Voluntary work

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