Hello everyone and welcome to Week 2 of ART F262X.

Please do the following before SUNDAY, January 23 (11:59PM)

1. Go through the material in the Early Renaissance wing.

2. Respond to the following forums on Slack:

Slack channel #week2part1

  • Secular Patronage: One of the primary reasons that the Renaissance flourished in Florence first was the consistent patronage of wealthy families like the Medici and the Rucellai. Why was it so important for these families to fund major works of art and architecture and how did their motives shape the kinds of commissions they awarded?

Slack channel #week2part2

  • Humanism: Humanism first developed in ancient Greece and Rome. During the Renaissance humanist ideals became popular once more and informed almost everything that took place in the public realm. How can these ideals be seen in the works of art that were created in the Early Renaissance? How did artists and patrons navigate the opposed values and priorities of both humanism and the Catholic Church?