Renaissance Art Cards

The Renaissance is a super important period in art history and I wanted my kids to be familiar with some of the most famous paintings and artists as a part of their cultural education.  So I made this set of 12 printable Renaissance Art Cards, which I am also sharing with you.   You’re welcome.

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 Note: Several of the paintings in the Art Cards show nudes; just a heads up.

The cards are high resolution images of some of the most famous of Renaissance paintings.  Some are religious and some are secular.  Some show scenes from mythology and others are definitely Christian.  Most are from the Italian Renaissance, but there are three from northern Europe.  Each painting has an accompanying description card that tells the name of the piece, who the artist was, and a few details so you know what you’re looking at.

Print the cards onto white card stock and cut them apart on the solid lines.  In the document they are paired with a description of the piece, a little history, a little about the techniques, or a little about the artist. The pdf includes 6 pages of art cards and one page of instructions.  Click on the image below to go to the free pdf.

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You can use the Renaissance Art Cards as a matching game with the images on one group and the descriptions in the other.  The kids can choose a card from each group, read the description and see if they match. In the process they’re learning the name of the piece, the artist, and a little about the painting.

They can also be used as flash cards.  Hold up an image card and see if the kids can remember the name of the piece, the artist, details about the painting, or all three.  You can give out points for correct answers if you like.

On each card a date, or approximate date, of when the piece was done is included.  Arrange the cards in chronological order.  Can you see a progression of technique, style, or subject matter?  Can you arrange the cards in other ways according to different categories?

After the kids are familiar with these pieces, they can look up the artist online or in art books and see if they can recognize his style in other paintings.

 

You can learn more about Renaissance artists in Units 2-19 and 2-20 of the Layers of Learning Curriculum.  You’ll also find more printable art cards on our art lessons page.

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3 Responses to Renaissance Art Cards

  1. Dana Croy says:

    Thanks for these great cards. They will go along great with our 7th grade Middle Ages through the Renaissance study!

  2. Colleen says:

    Lovely! Thank you so much, saved me so much time and having them match the descriptions with the images will really help cement the learning. Thanks!

  3. jebanks says:

    You have nothing but the best!

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