Match the author or painter in Column I with the work listed in Column II. Check your answers by clicking the boxes.
1. Vesalius
2. Alberte
3. Rabelais
4. Mirandola
5. More
6. Spenser
7. Erasmus
8. Raphael
9. Michaelangelo
10. Holbein
11. Dürer
12. Copernicus
    A. Gargantua and Pantagruel

    B. On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres

    C. Utopia

    D. On the Structure of the Human Body

    E. Knight, Death, and Devil

    F. Praise of Folly

    G. Oration on the Dignity of Man

    H. On the Family

    I. Moses

    J. Portraits of Erasmus and More

    K. School of Athens

    L. The Faerie Queen

Who Was I?
1. This Neoplatonic philosopher was condemned by the Inquisition and burned at the stake in 1600 for his belief in the plurality of worlds.
2. A superb and sensitive Florentine painter, he is famed for his The Allegory of Spring and Birth of Venus, which reflect Neoplatonic concepts.
3. Noted for his statue of David triumphant over Goliath, this sculptor executed the first monumental bronze equestrian statue since the Romans.
4. A short-lived, early master of the High Renaissance, perhaps the most popular of all Renaissance painters, he portrayed human beings as temperate, wise, and dignified.
5. Although he was the first Italian humanist, he upheld the medieval Christian ideal. His famous sonnets to Laura were written in the style of the troubadours.
6. Styled the Magnificent, this Florentine ruler and patron of art was for a time the patron of Leonardo da Vinci.
7. His astronomical observations helped prove the heliocentric theory, and his experiments in physics established the law of falling bodies.
8. His Orlando Furioso incorporated medieval legends but in its point of view differed sharply from the typical medieval epic
9. This giant of the High Renaissance was both a great painter and a great sculptor as his paintings in the Sistine Chapel and his tomb figures show.
10. Author of Discourses on Livy and The Prince, he is best known for his realistic views of the nature of politics and the duties of heads of state.
11. Architect, musician, inventor, and painter, he created in the Last Supper and the Mona Lisa, two of the most famous paintings in the Western world.
12. Inspired by Neoplatonic teachings, this Polish astronomer attempted to prove the validity of the heliocentric theory.
13. One of the earliest prominent Florentine painters, a remarkable naturalist, he died at the age of twenty-seven.
14. A leading member of the Platonic Academy in Florence, he translated Plato's works into Latin.
15. The son of a pope, his shrewd and ruthless statecraft provided a fascinating study for Machiavelli.
16. This diplomat wrote a book depicting the ideal Renaissance man.
17. This mystical but indefatigable thinker discovered the elliptical orbits of the planets.
18. A native of Brussels, he is considered the father of the science of anatomy.
19. A skilled grammarian who exposed the fraudulent "Donation of Constantine," he applied vigorous critical scholarship to his Notes on the New Testament.
During which fifty year period was each of these individuals active? Decide which column or columns they belong to. Click to find the correct answers. The purpose of this exercise is to help you distinguish between early and late Renaissance figures.
da Vinci
Albrecht Dürer


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