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artist of the italian renaissance

Artist of the Italian Renaissance

Presenter: Eric Zenzel

Spring’14 EDU 505



The purpose of this WebQuest is to educated students on famous artist of the Italian Renaissance. Due to the popularity of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, many are already familiar with the names of Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo and Raphael, yet many cannot even name a piece of art or work constructed by either one of the artist. Additionally many only assume

that the four mentioned above are the only

artist of any significance. It’s important that students are educated and have a full knowledge of the artiest and the things they contributed to this time.


The years 1519, early 16th century. Italy and Europe has been witnessing the Renaissance since the early 14th century. Considering how for hundred of years after the collapse of Rome, this region has seen nothing but turmoil, this is now considered a great way of life. Since the beginning of the Renaissance many advancements have come forward in the sciences, arts and education all due to a new wave of people known as “Humanist.” These people believe in reintroducing the ideas of Rome and Greece to help reconstruct civilization. Among these Humanist are painters, sculptors, architects, musicians, mathematicians, engineers, inventors anatomist, geologist and writers. You could call these guys true “Renaissance Men.” Today, on May 2, 1519, you hear word that one of these individuals, a man by the name of Leonardo Di Vinci has just passed away in France. You’ve always heard the name, but had no idea exactly who he was or what he did. Furthermore, you hear there are many more like him but you haven’t done much research. You’ve always had a desire to study up on these people, but things kept getting in the way. Now, more than ever, you feel that this is the time to do so!


You will break into groups of 3 to 4 and gather information that will aid in your understanding of the significance of Italian Artist during the Renaissance. You will gain information by picking from a list of artist, one significant figure and searching the web for credible sites covering the picked figure. I will provide you with a few websites for use as either as an example of research or as something to be used as part of your presentation, but it is your job as a group to conduct this study on your own. You will need to find 3-4 more websites. With the information found, you will do a Prezi presentation at least 9 slides long discussing the artist’s life as well as information on a piece of work that they completed. The name of the work and the date it was completed must be included. You must explain the significance of the work and why it’s so famous today.

process day 1
Process Day 1

Break up into groups of 3 to 4 people. Once your groups are organized, pick an artist from the list of Renaissance men below. Each artiest is listed with their respected time period.

Early Renaissance

  • Masolino
  • Donatello
  • Fra Angelico
  • Uccello
  • Masaccio
  • Verrocchio
  • Botticelli

High Renaissance

  • Signorelli
  • Perugino
  • Giovanni Bellini
  • Leonardo Di Vinci
  • Michelangelo
  • Giorgione
  • Raphael
  • Titian
process day 2
Process Day 2
  • Once your group has decided on an artist, you will begin your research. I will provide you with websites to use, which can be found on the Resources tab, but you’re also expected to find and use other sites on your own. I expect 3-4 more websites other than what I have provided. Websites must be credible and reliable. If you’re having trouble determining what website to use, you may refer to the link below.

Web Site Check List

(I recommend printing this out for future use)

process day 3
Process Day 3
  • Each Group is to conduct research on their artist and construct a Prezi presentation of at least 6 slides discussing the artist's life. Furthermore, an additional two slides must be added discussing at least one masterpiece done by the artiest. In total you must have at least 9 slides. To begin your presentation you will be provided with a graphic organizer that will help you record information. The next page will provide you with an example of

what I expect for this part.

process example of graphic organizer
Process: Example of Graphic Organizer
  • Artist Name: Andrea Del Sarto
  • Born: July 16th, 1486
  • Death: September 29th, 1530
  • Home Town: Florence ,Tuscany
  • Worked in: Florence and parts of France Andrea Del Sarto
  • Media (Type of artwork they made): Oil Painting
  • Galleries where work can be seen: National Gallery Washington D.C., Hermitage, National Gallery London, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
  • Example of Work: Madonna of the Harpies
process day 4
Process Day 4
  • Now that you have your websites and your graphic organizer completed, you can start construction of your Prezi Presentation. Remember, you must have at least 6 slides detailing the artist’s life, two slides detailing information on one piece of work done by the artist (what makes it famous and what makes it special) and your last slide should be the graphic organizer. In total at least 9 slides of information. Once this is complete we will have class presentations.
  • Renaissance Art –The History Channel website that provides a funny little music video on the Renaissance Period as told by musician and artist Jeffrey Lewis. This site also has easy to access tabs given a brief history of the Renaissance and it’s Art.
  • 16 Great Renaissance Artist –Just as stated. This site provides a list of 16 Renaissance artist. The list provides their names and details on their work.
  • Famous Artist –A more detailed list of famous Italian Renaissance Artist. This list includes more detail than the previous website.
  • Renaissance Art by the Encyclopedia of Britannica –A detailed history of art during the Renaissance period.
resources grapic organizer
Resources-Grapic Organizer
  • Artist Name:
  • Born:
  • Death:
  • Hometown:
  • Worked in:
  • Media Type:
  • Galleries work can be seen in
  • Example of Work
              • (Make sure to include picture of Artist and a picture of their work)


  • Through your research you’ve gained extensive knowledge on famous artist of the Italian Renaissance. With your new extensive knowledge on the subject, you too can now focus on becoming a renaissance man (or woman) yourself.
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Teacher Page
  • Grades intended for Use:
    • This lesson is intended for a 9th grade Global Studies Class.
  • How to Conduct the WebQuest:
    • This project is to have students break into groups, use the internet to do research on the topic and construct a group Prezi presentation to be presented within class. Students will be presented with a list of names of artist from the Renaissance and be asked to chose one and conduct research on the subjects life as well as one piece of art/work constructed by the artist. Students will use selected websites given to them by the teacher. Additionally, students are responsible to find up to three websites on their own. Their websites must come from a creditable source and must be considered reliable. The teacher can provide the students with a check list to help them determine if the website chosen is appropriate or not. The teacher may also include a Graphic organizer for students to record information found.
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Teacher Page Continued
  • New York State Social Studies Standards Used:
    • Standard 2
  • World History
  • use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in world history and examine the broad sweep of history from a variety of perspectives.
      • Intermediate:
        • know some important historic events and developments of past civilizations
        • interpret and analyze documents and artifacts related to significant developments and events in world history
        • investigate the roles and contributions of individuals and groups in relation to key social, political, cultural, and religious practices throughout world history
        • interpret and analyze documents and artifacts related to significant developments and events in world history
        • classify historic information according to the type of activity or practice: social/cultural, political, economic, geographic, scientific, technological, and historic
        • view history through the eyes of those who witnessed key events and developments in world history by analyzing their literature, diary accounts, letters, artifacts, art, music, architectural drawings, and other documents
  • Linked Websites:
    • - Renaissance Art-Facts & Summary-
    • -16 Great Renaissance Artist
    • - Most Famous Artist
    • -Renaissance art--Encyclopedia Britannica.
  • Pictures used
  • Acknowledgments:
    • Harrison Yang