Renaissance Period Research Project


What exactly was the Renaissance?  This research project will ask you to investigate one of the following figures from the Renaissance era and explore how this figure exemplifies [represents] the Renaissance era that contributed both to the destruction of the medieval mind-set and the creation of the modern world.


Project Objectives

§                     To gain an understanding of and appreciation into the significance and impact of the era of the Renaissance.

§                     To learn the skills of conducting an in-depth research project, utilizing  electronic sources.

§                     To be able to effectively communicate information and ideas via a visual PowerPoint presentation and a short speech on the historical figure.


Research Questions

§                     Overview summary of the figure placing them within the Renaissance time period and stating the importance/significance of their contribution (i.e. why are they important?)

§                     Brief biographical sketch (including dates, country & city that they lived in, notable life events, etc.)

§                     Explanation of how they exemplify the era and spirit of the Renaissance period.  Tell us how their work/achievements are a reflection of the Renaissance style.

You must support your research with a PowerPoint presentation that uses carefully selected visuals (at least two examples of paintings, sketches, diagrams, sculpture, book, etc.) that illustrate, support, and extend your analysis.  For example, “This painting expresses the Renaissance period and worldview because it …” or “It is a great example of the artist’s new technique of ….”



1)      Create at least a 5 slide PowerPoint presentation on a selected Renaissance figure. (You may add more slides to it if needed, but 5 is the absolute minimum.)  NOTE:  There is a specific power point template that I want you to use for this presentation. (See links below)

2)      A brief 5 minute speech on the figure that will accompany the PowerPoint and expand on the information in the slides (this must be a more in-depth explanation of the visuals that are being used in the presentation).  Notecards should be used for reference.  Notecards will be turned in to Mrs. Johnson for grading after your presentation.

3)      PowerPoint must be sent via email to Mrs. Johnson (me) by the end of the class on the last day we are in the computer lab.  

4)      Presentations will be given in class on Feb. 6th- 7th.


Documents Needed:

1.      Renaissance Research Checklist

2.      Visual Graphic Evaluation Rubric

3.      MLA 7th ed. Examples for Works Cited Feb 2010

4.      Renaissance Research Project Starter Template (Powerpoint)       (you will need to save this template into your user folder for use)

5.  Renaissance Period Research Notes Worksheet


Renaissance Figures:  Artists –  Writers – Musicians


1.      Sandro Botticelli  - (The Birth of Venus)

2.      Piero della Francesca  (The Resurrection)

3.      Giovanni Bellini (San Giobbe Altarpiece)

4.      Titian (The Assumption of the Virgin)

5.      Michelangelo (The Pieta)

6.      Raphael (The School of Athens)

7.      Donatello (David)

8.      Filippo Brunelleschi  (Florence Cathedral)

9.      Peter Paul Rubens (The Elevation of the Cross)

10. Pieter Brueghel (Bruegel) the Elder (Hunters in the Snow)

11.  Jan van Eyck (The Arnolfini Wedding  Portrait)

12.  Albrecht Dürer (Melancolia I)

13.  Hans Holbein the Younger  (The French Ambassadors  a.k.a. Double Portrait of Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve ("The Ambassadors"),

14.  Leonardo da Vinci  (The Virgin of the Rocks)

15.  Hieronymus Bosch  (The Garden of Earthly Delights)

16.  Sofonisba Anguissola  (Three Children with a Dog)


1.      William Shakespeare

2.      Baldassare Castiglione

3.      Francois Rabelais

4.      Miguel de Cervantes

5.      Francesco Petrarch

6.      Christopher Marlowe


*(Be sure to find a selection of their music on Youtube for us to listen to as an example)

1.     Josquin Desprez

2.      Giovanni Palestrina

3.      William Byrd

4.      Johannes Ockeghem

5.     Orlando Gibbons