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Renaissance DBQ   Tags: classicism, humanism, renaissance  

In what ways and to what extent did the arts (artwork, images, literature, poetry, etc.) reflect a change in man’s view of himself and his world as European culture transitioned from the medieval period to the Renaissance?
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(Ghirlandaio, Domenico. Adoration of the Shepherds. 1483-1485. Santa Trinità, Florence. Web. Web Gallery of Art. <>.)

Primary Source Websites: Renaissance

Library Databases for Overview Articles and Primary Sources

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(Piero della Francesca. Duke and Duchess of Urbino. Dyptich. 1465-1472. Uffizi Gallery, Italy. Web. Web Gallery of Art. <>.)


  • Middle Ages Primary Sources (World History: Ancient)
    Some of these documents would make a good comparison/contrast to Renaissance view of individuals, for instance, document 5 in this database could be used to discuss changing views towards hierarchy over the individual (Medieval attitudes of duty to hierarchy vs. changing rights of the individual in Renaissance times).
  • Renaissance Primary Sources (World History: the Modern Era)
  • Salem History
    Select GREAT LIVES FROM HISTORY: RENAISSANCE e-books and then type search of famous person. Articles about the following individuals also contains primary source excerpts in column on left of article:
    Bruno---"Earth's Recurrent Cycle of Division
    Alberti---"On Painting and Treatise on Architecture"
    Machiavelli---The Prince
    Mirandola--"Oration on the Dignity of Man" (excerpt of God talking to man is within article)

Resources for Art and Architecture Images

Use passwords found on Database GoogleDoc for Britannica Image Quest database.

  • Britannica Image Quest
  • Web Gallery of Art
    Suggested artists and images:
    Brunelleschi---Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
    Piero della Francesca---Duke and Duchess of Urbino
    Brueghel---Peasant Wedding
    Pisano---Bell Tower
    Raffaello (Raphael)---School of Athens
    Uccello---Monument to Giovanni Acuto
    Lorenzetti--Allegory of Good and Bad Government
    Gentileschi---Judith Beheading Holofernes
    Donatello---Judith and Holofernes
    Bosch---Garden of Earthly Delights
    Durer---Self-Portrait at 26
    Michelangelo---Creation of Adam
    Durer---The Four Riders of the Apocalypse
    Leonardo---Lady with an Ermine
    Leonardo---Anatomy (sketches)
    Ghirlandaio---Adoration of the Shepherds
    Ammanati---Fountain of Neptune
    Nigetti---Cappella dei Principi (Prince's chapel)

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