Italian Renaissance Learning Resources is a free web resource for students and teachers that was created through a collaboration between the U.S. National Gallery of Art and Oxford University Press's Grove Art Online. Italian Renaissance Learning Resources is organized into eight units that each explore a different theme in Italian Renaissance art. Within each unit are essays, primary sources, images of artwork, a glossary, questions for discussion, and activities with suggested academic levels: elementary, intermediate, or advanced. For example, the unit "Picturing Family and Friends" features essays and case studies on husbands and wives, children, lovers, and friends and enemies. The images in this unit include painted portraits as well as coins with representations of powerful people and their associates. The primary sources -- poems and descriptions of weddings -- are transcribed for the website, while the activities are things like designing a wedding cassone (a marriage chest). Other activities listed on the site include looking at the details of a dowry and comparing the Renaissance ideas of friendship with twenty-first-century ideas.
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