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Understanding the artefacts of the Renaissance

I can explain how historians use sources to learn about the Renaissance.

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Year 7

Understanding the artefacts of the Renaissance

I can explain how historians use sources to learn about the Renaissance.

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Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. Different types of sources can be used to learn about a period.
  2. These sources can be used to answer different questions.
  3. The Renaissance was expressed through book production.
  4. The Renaissance was expressed through writing.
  5. The Renaissance was expressed through art and architecture.

Common misconception

Pupils may believe that some sources have a greater inherent value than others.

Remind pupils that a source's value rests entirely upon the enquiry for which it is used and the questions asked of it. No source has inherent value unless used as part of an enquiry.

Keywords

  • Artefact - an object made by human beings in the past is an artefact

For this lesson o be most effective, pupils should have built a familiarity with the artefacts encountered during the other lessons of the unit.
Teacher tip

Content guidance

  • Contains nudity.

Supervision

Adult supervision suggested.

Licence

This content is © Oak National Academy Limited (2024), licensed on Open Government Licence version 3.0 except where otherwise stated. See Oak's terms & conditions (Collection 2).

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6 Questions

Q1.
Northern Renaissance artists like liked to paint about ordinary situations and everyday life.
Correct Answer: Bruegel, Pieter Bruegel
Q2.
During which century did Jan van Eyck paint the Arnolfini Portrait?
Twelfth
Thirteenth
Fourteenth
Correct answer: Fifteenth
Sixteenth
Q3.
During which century did Pieter Bruegel paint his scenes of everyday life?
Thirteenth
Fourteenth
Fifteenth
Correct answer: Sixteenth
Seventeenth
Q4.
Northern European artists stopped painting religious subjects because reformers rejected the ideas of the Church.
Correct Answer: Catholic, catholic
Q5.
Henry VIII had his portrait painted by Hans .
Correct Answer: Holbein, holbein, Holbein the Younger
Q6.
What did Henry VIII have done to his portrait in order to project its message about his power and status?
He had it displayed in public.
Correct answer: He had it copied.
He had it sent to foreign monarchs.

6 Questions

Q1.
Which of these is an example of Renaissance architecture?
The Mona Lisa
The Hunters in the Snow
Correct answer: St Peter's Basilica
The Virgin of the Rocks
Q2.
Which of these artefacts can tell us about new painting techniques that were developed during the Renaissance?
Vesalius' On the Fabric of the Human Body
Copernicus' map of the universe
Correct answer: Van Eyck's Arnolfini portrait
Correct answer: Da Vinci's The Virgin of the Rocks
Q3.
By looking at Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks we can see he was particularly interested in human .
Correct Answer: flight, bodies
Q4.
Looking at the portraits produced for rich and powerful Renaissance people can tell us a lot about their .
Correct Answer: minds, thoughts
Q5.
An object made by human beings in the past is an .
Correct Answer: artefact, Artefact
Q6.
Match the artist to their artwork.
Correct Answer:Pieter Bruegel,Hunters in the Snow

Hunters in the Snow

Correct Answer:Hans Holbein,Portrait of Erasmus

Portrait of Erasmus

Correct Answer:Jan van Eyck,The Arnolfini Portrait

The Arnolfini Portrait

Correct Answer:Michelangelo,David

David

Correct Answer:Leonardo da Vinci,The Virgin of the Rocks

The Virgin of the Rocks