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You likely noticed that during the two hundred years covered in this week’s study there were radical changes in how the human figure is depicted in Italy, from something that was highly stylized to an idealized form that looked more real yet was strongly influenced by the Classical Age of ancient Greece and Rome. In the Northern Europe, however, depiction of the human form remained rooted in the Middle Ages and remained somewhat stylized.

Use the textbook and/or online sources to locate and capture three works of art.

  • one from the Early Renaissance (fourteenth century, 1300–1399)
  • one from the Northern European Renaissance (fifteenth century, 1400–1499)
  • one from the Italian Renaissance (fifteenth century, 1400–1499)   

Your works of art must either be all paintings or all sculptures.

Place these images in a Word document. Then do the following:

  1. For each image identify:

    • The artist
    • Title of the work of art
    • The date(s) it was created
    • The medium or materials used to create the work of art, such as oil paint, marble, etc.
    • Where the work is located now.

  2. In a well-developed paragraph (4–6 sentences) provide at least two important historical facts about each piece that makes the piece important to the history of art.
  3. In another well-developed paragraph (4–6 sentences) based on your personal observations, describe how the artist of each piece have depicted the human figure. 
  4. In a 6–10-sentence concluding paragraph(s):
    • Compare and contrast how the depiction of the human figure has changed. Be sure to note such things as general appearance of the figures; their body types; whether the figures have been stylized, elongated, or idealized; and whether their clothing, colors, and other visual details have changed.
    • Based on your reading and what you learned from the historic facts you have for each work of art discuss what may have been influencing factors behind these changes. 
    • Offer a citation of your sources for each image and the information provided as appropriate.
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