Module 4 Overview

What You’ll Learn To Do: Examine Italian Renaissance art and its impact on art history.

In Module 4 we will examine Italian Renaissance art. We will look at how artists like Donatello contributed to the development of Western art. It is imperative to understand Italian Renaissance art in order to see how it impacted later artistic developments.

Learning Activities

The learning activities for this module include:
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  • Review: Key Learning Items


  • Read: Florence in the Early Renaissance
  • Watch: Orsanmichele (4:52)
  • Read: Bruelleschi & Ghiberti, The Sacrifice of Isaac (includes a video: 5:24)
  • Watch: Linear Perspective (4:15)
  • Read: Early Applications of Linear Perspective
  • Watch: Donatello’s Works (four videos: 7:23, 5:34, 4:33, and 5:40)
  • Read: Contrapposto
  • Read: Masaccio’s Tribute Money (includes a video: 8:03)
  • Read: Masaccio’s Holy Trinity (includes a video: 8:36)
  • Watch: Fra Angelico’s The Annunciation (11:36)
  • Read: Fra Filippo Lippi (includes a video (3:56)
  • Watch: Piero della Francesca’s Portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Urbino (3:57)
  • Watch: Botticelli’s Birth of Venus (3:59)
  • Read: Alberti


  • Read: Introduction to Venice
  • Watch: Bellini’s St. Francis (8:22)
  • Watch: Mantegna’s Works (two videos: 4:41)

Extra Review

  • Review: External Resources


  • Submit: Module 4 Quiz (5 points)