Early Renaissance in Italy

  1. How is the style of Italian Renaissance art different from the Italo-Byzantine style that preceded it?
  2. How is the style of Italian Renaissance art different from  from their Flemish counterparts, and what can account for this difference?
  3. What new techniques did Renaissance artists discover, and why were these discoveries so significant?
  4. What is “Humanism,” and how is it reflected in Renaissance art?
  5. What role did patronage play in the development of Renaissance art?  What new kinds of subjects did this new kind of patronage make possible?
  6. What was the role of the artist in the Renaissance, and did it differ from the role of the artist in the middle ages?
  7. What are the main characteristics of Renaissance architecture, and how does this new style reflect the outlook of the Renaissance?