This lesson covers artworks created during the Renaissance in Europe. It begins with a preface on artworks created prior to the Renaissance that focused on Christian ideology and iconography. Artists discussed include Botticelli, Donatello, Michelangelo, Bernini, and Leonardo da Vinci.

Adapting Materials

For ease of adapting the materials, editable files are provided. Under additional files, you can download the presentation in PowerPoint and the reading list and sketchbook assignment in Word.


This Art Appreciation OER was adapted from existing resources by Marie Porterfield Barry for the Fall 2019 semester as part of East Tennessee State University’s Open Educational Resources (OERs) Awards Program.

08-The-Renaissance-Presentation.pptx (23101 kB)
Lesson 08 Presentation in PowerPoint

08-The-Renaissance-Reading-List.docx (13 kB)
Lesson 08 Reading List in Word

08-The-Renaissance-Sketchbook-Assignment.docx (11 kB)
Lesson 08 Sketchbook Assignment in Word