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The Renaissance was the rebirth, the beginning of the modern and the resuscitation of the was many things to many people. You are invited to indulge in the Renaissance-related quizzes below, where you may find references to Durer, Leonardo, Bellini and many others. Enjoy your trip back into the past!
18 Renaissance Art quizzes and 215 Renaissance Art trivia questions.
  I Will Comfort You    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Solace In Art
The Renaissance was for many a time of prosperity, confidence, and a deep sense of well-being and comfort, all reflected in a glorious Art.
Easier, 15 Qns, Godwit, May 06 24
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May 06 24
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10 Paintings Renaissance Masters
  10 Paintings: Renaissance Masters   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Here are ten paintings of the Italian Renaissance by some not-so-wildly-famous artists. There were several painters whose names were not Leonardo da Vinci!
Easier, 10 Qns, trident, Feb 12 23
trident editor
Feb 12 23
394 plays
Leonardo da Vinci  Paintings
  Leonardo da Vinci: Paintings   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
While researching events about the life of the Leonardo, interesting information about his paintings can also be found. What do you know about this great man's works?
Tough, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Aug 09 23
ponycargirl editor
Aug 09 23
500 plays
Cracking the Code of Renaissance Art
  Cracking the Code of Renaissance Art    
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
The world of art is laden with symbolism, and knowledge of what an artist may be suggesting can greatly enhance the enjoyment of a painting or sculpture. Come along and see if you can work out what on Earth these Renaissance artists were trying to say!
Average, 10 Qns, pagea, Mar 24 18
Mar 24 18
315 plays
  Leonardo, Michelangelo, or Raphael?   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The rules are simple, you must answer using the following three names: Leonardo, Michelangelo or Raphael. Good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Jun 09 22
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Jun 09 22
4274 plays
  The Early Renaissance editor best quiz   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
This quiz, mostly involving sweeping art queries, should tempt to delight all of you Earthly dwellers. Please step back in time with me to a period rich with wonderful aesthetic creations!
Difficult, 25 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Feb 27 13
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4510 plays
  Renaissance Art in Florence    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Florence is a treasure trove of Renaissance art of all sorts. This quiz names, locates, and dates ten of the city's most famous works and asks who was responsible for them. Simples!
Average, 10 Qns, Southendboy, Sep 19 20
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Sep 19 20
247 plays
  The "Ninja Turtles" Art Quiz   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
All of the Ninja Turtles were named after Renaissance masters. Its up to you to figure out which of them did which work of art. Choose between Leonardo Da Vinci, Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi, Raffaello Sanzio and Michelangelo Buonarroti.
Tough, 25 Qns, LeoDaVinci, Jul 16 20
LeoDaVinci editor
Jul 16 20
1540 plays
  More Renaissance Masters   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I invite you to enter the world of Renaissance art with me as we explore the works and lives of ten wonderful masters of the European art world. Please join me...
Average, 10 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Dec 03 23
thejazzkickazz gold member
Dec 03 23
1205 plays
  Renaissance Masters   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
10 questions about the great masters of the Renaissance...see how many of these questions you can conquer.
Difficult, 10 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Jan 25 11
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1721 plays
trivia question Quick Question
David in bronze (standing on the head of Goliath)?

From Quiz "The "Ninja Turtles" Art Quiz"

  Renaissance Masters III    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Yet another in my recent series of Renaissance tours. Please join me as we examine the lives and works of the greatest masters of the 14th and 15th centuries!
Difficult, 10 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Jul 20 03
thejazzkickazz gold member
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  The Madonna of the Pinks    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz 10 questions about the painting "The Madonna of the Pinks". I encourage you to view an image of the painting online and read a bit about it before you take the quiz.
Average, 10 Qns, bernie73, Jun 01 19
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Jun 01 19
130 plays
  From van Eyck to Hieronymus Bosch    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The exhibition of the so-called "Flemish Primitives" at Bruges in 1902 led to a thorough re-appraisal of these supposedly "primitive" artists. See how up to date your knowledge is, one century later.
Tough, 10 Qns, flem-ish, Jul 23 02
763 plays
  Name the Artist: Renaissance Art    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a simple quiz in which the name of two works of art from the same artist will be given. Your job is to name the artist.
Average, 10 Qns, theuret21, Aug 14 12
683 plays
  Italian Renaissance editor best quiz    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Italian Renaissance: Architecture and Urban planning - for experts only, maybe.
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, itageographer, Oct 24 15
Very Difficult
2500 plays
  Northern Renaissance Art editor best quiz    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz focuses on symbolism in art of the Northern Renaissance, as well as facts about early Netherlandish painters.
Difficult, 10 Qns, musettae, Sep 10 19
Sep 10 19
1502 plays
  The Sistine Chapel I    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz covers some of the major historical high points of the art found in the Sistine Chapel and its contributors.
Tough, 10 Qns, strange_999, Jan 30 17
716 plays
  Renaissance Art - Some Works    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz will name a Renaissance art work and you will have to chose the correct artist.
Tough, 10 Qns, LOTR14, Nov 13 06
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Renaissance Art Trivia Questions

1. Which "hero in a halfshell" is usually credited with creating "The Madonna of the Pinks" (c. 1506-1507)?

From Quiz
The Madonna of the Pinks

Answer: Raphael

Raphael, or Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (to give him his full name in Italian) (1483-1520) was a significant artist of the Renaissance. He was a contemporary of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, but lived after the death of Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi (Donatello). Much of his best work, including "The School of Athens" (c. 1509-1511) is associated with the Vatican. Renaissance scholar Nicholas Penny argued in 1991 that the painting was an original by Raphael. Previous scholars usually thought that the painting hanging in the National Gallery was a copy of a lost original by Raphael. Other scholars have challenged Penny's conclusions about the painting being a Raphael original, but say that it is at least a copy of a Raphael.

2. The Sistine Chapel was named for which pope?

From Quiz The Sistine Chapel I

Answer: Pope Sixtus IV

Pope Sixtus IV was a Della Rovere pope as was Pope Julius II. Both were major contributors to the art the chapel contains. Pope John Paul II was the Pope during the 1980's 1990's and the first part of the 2000's Pope Leo X was the Pope at the begining of the Reformation.

3. Who painted "The Last Supper" and "The Mona Lisa"?

From Quiz Name the Artist: Renaissance Art

Answer: Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci is maybe the most famous artist of the Renaissance period.

4. Who created the Bronze David of 1446-60 which is now located in the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence?

From Quiz Renaissance Art - Some Works

Answer: Donatello

The Bronze David is the earliest freestanding known nude sculpture since Classical times. It represents David's victory over Goliath, Christ's triumph over Satan and Florence's victory over other city states.

5. This painter was noted for his ceiling fresco of Aurora in the Villa Ludovisi, commissioned by Pope Gregory XV. One of Bologna's leading painters he was nicknamed the 'squinting one'. Who was he?

From Quiz Renaissance Masters

Answer: Il Guercino

Il Guercino was born Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, and lived from 1591 to 1666...but was called Guercino because of an eye defect.

6. In the Treaty of Versailles it was specified that before peace with Germany could be concluded a particular masterpiece by the van Eyck brothers had to be returned to Belgium. What was its name?

From Quiz From van Eyck to Hieronymus Bosch

Answer: The Ghent Altarpiece or Adoration of the Lamb

There are various famous Flemish "Descent of the Cross"-paintings. The one by van der Weyden is in the Prado Museum, Madrid. A popular "Last Supper" is in the St. Peter's Church at Louvain. Its maker :Dirc Bouts. The Arnolfini Wedding is in the National Gallery, London. The Arnolfinis were Italian bank-agents at Bruges. The sole painter of The Ghent Altarpiece is probably Jan van Eyck. The attribution to him AND his brother has now been rejected.

7. Renaissance is a French term derived from the Italian word Rinascimento which meant ______?

From Quiz The Early Renaissance

Answer: rebirth

8. Enea Silvio Piccolomini, Pope Pius II, between 1460 and 1465, patronized the urban transformation of the small village of Corsignano, not far from Siena, into a renaissance 'ideal city', better known as:

From Quiz Italian Renaissance

Answer: Pienza

The entire project consisted mainly in the creation of a single piazza, and the construction of the Palazzo Piccolomini, the Cathedral, the Town Hall, and the Bishop's Residence, all overlooking the square. Bernardo Rossellino was the appointed architect. Since the hill on which the entire village was built did not allow the creation of a large piazza, Rossellino designed the two main buildings (Palazzo Piccolomini and the Bishop's residence) on the sides of the cathedral slightly tilted, so as to create an optical illusion making the whole square look bigger and deeper than it actually is.

9. Who studied under Verrocchio in Florence?

From Quiz Leonardo, Michelangelo, or Raphael?

Answer: Leonardo

Verrocchio, old 'Mr. True-eye' (his name translates as that from Italian), was a wonderful painter and sculptor in his own right. However, his reputation as the greatest sculptor during the period in between Donatello and Michelangelo has taken a back seat to his reputation as Leonardo's teacher. Perhaps he should have selected a less virtuous pupil?

10. Seeing the "The Madonna of the Pinks" on a computer screen is one thing but seeing it in person is another. Where would you visit to see the original painting?

From Quiz The Madonna of the Pinks

Answer: National Gallery (London)

The National Gallery is located in central London and was founded in 1824. The collection of over 2,300 paintings focuses on the period from the 13th century to 1900. "The Madonna of the Pinks" is in Room 61 of the Gallery and was acquired in 2004.

11. With what fresco(s) was the ceiling in the Sistine Chapel originally covered?

From Quiz The Sistine Chapel I

Answer: Star field on a blue background

The original ceiling was covered in the traditional byzantine motif of a blue star field. It was later (to the present day) covered with nine scenes from the Old Testament.

12. "Birth of Venus" and "Madonna of the Magnificat" were painted by whom?

From Quiz Name the Artist: Renaissance Art

Answer: Sandro Botticelli

Botticelli is known for his very graceful and elegant figures.

13. Who painted the panel St. Sebastian in 1474-75 for the Pucci family burial chapel?

From Quiz Renaissance Art - Some Works

Answer: Antonio del Pollaiuolo

St. Sebastian was Pollaiuolo's grandest religious work and a milestone in Renaissance art.

14. David in marble (before his battle with Goliath)?

From Quiz The "Ninja Turtles" Art Quiz

Answer: Michelangelo

David is portrayed before his battle with Goliath, tense but reserved, it this colossal marble statue. Three of these statues can be found in Florence. This is probably the most famous statue of David.

15. One of the greatest of the early Renaissance artists was Piero della Francesca. However, Piero was remembered in the years after he died not as a master painter but rather in what capacity?

From Quiz Renaissance Masters III

Answer: Mathematician

Piero seems to have given up painting in his last years and dedicated his time to creating scholarly works in geometry and perspective. In fact, Piero's status as one of the supreme Renaissance masters was not restored until the 20th century when it was noted that he was an important figure in carrying on the trend of employing scientific perspective in painting, begun by Masaccio. Piero also learned superb painterly skills from his master Domenico Veneziano, and helped propagate them among his pupils Signorelli and Perugino. His work is best observed in the choir room at S. Francesco in Arezzo, Italia...a wonderful set of his frescos can be found there!

16. His real name was Andrea d'Agnolo di Francesco but he went by what name on account of his father being a tailor?

From Quiz More Renaissance Masters

Answer: Andrea del Sarto

Apprenticed to Piero di Cosimo he followed in the footsteps of Raphael in carrying the high Renaissance style for another generation. Robert Browning did a famous poem on Andrea del Sarto in 1855 and Vasari features him in his book about the artists' lives.

17. She was the first female painter to gain international renown in Europe and painted numerous self-portraits, but was perhaps best captured by van Dyck when she was 93! Who was this charming lady?

From Quiz Renaissance Masters

Answer: Sofonisba Anguisciola

Born into a painting family in Cremona, she was the only one to achieve 'stardom', working in the court of Philip II of Spain.

18. As many other "Flemish" Primitives van Eyck was NOT born in what was then called Flanders, but at Maaseik, in the Bishopric of Liege, a dependency of the Holy German Empire. Who were his masters for the larger part of his life?

From Quiz From van Eyck to Hieronymus Bosch

Answer: The Dukes of Burgundy

After a short initial period when he was patronised by John III of Bavaria, the Count of Holland, from c. 1425 on, van Eyck put all his talents in the service of the Burgundian Dukes, for whom he even carried out semi-diplomatic missions. Of van Eyck's life few details are known. He must have been born before 1395 and died before July 9, 1441.

19. Who was the great Humanist preceding the Renaissance who wrote about his secret conversation with St. Augustine, heralding future thinkers to 'Reflect upon yourself'?

From Quiz The Early Renaissance

Answer: Petrarch

His sojourn up Mt. Ventoux originated this matter...

20. Donato Bramante, probably around 1502, designed and built in Rome a 'tempietto', a little domed circular church, known as:

From Quiz Italian Renaissance

Answer: San Pietro in Montorio

San Pietro in Montorio was built inside one of the courts of the Spanish Academy in Rome. It is especially known for the perfect disposition and proportions of the classical elements used by Bramante, which reveal the full and complete masterhip of the Italian architect in the study of Classical architecture. San Pietro in Montorio is considered by most as a fully developed preparatory study for the early planning of the much larger and later Cathedral of San Pietro.

21. In the many Annunciation scenes depicted in Northern Renaissance art, such as that in Robert Campin's Merode Altarpiece, what does the Lily symbolize?

From Quiz Northern Renaissance Art

Answer: Mary's virginity

Often, in early Netherlandish painting, symbolism is disguised to allow for a greater naturalism within the scene. Therefore, in contrast to earlier periods, symbols appear in the form of objects found in the natural world, such as the lily.

22. Who painted the work 'The School of Athens'?

From Quiz Leonardo, Michelangelo, or Raphael?

Answer: Raphael

The 'School of Athens' features portraits of Raphael and Michelangelo, along with a who's who of great Greek philosophers. Walking down the center of the painting we see Aristotle and Plato in deep discussion.

23. In artwork, the term "Madonna" usually refers to Mary, mother of Jesus. In the painting "The Madonna of the Pinks", who is in the picture with Mary?

From Quiz The Madonna of the Pinks

Answer: Jesus alone

The painting appears to be set in a bed chamber. The seated Mary has the infant Jesus upon her lap. A window behind the two provides some illumination in the room. The two are looking at each other as Mary gives Jesus flowers. It is believed that Raphael modelled his painting on "Benois Madonna" (c. 1478) by Leonardo da Vinci.

24. Pope Julius II commissioned whom to paint the Sistine Chapel ceiling in 1508?

From Quiz The Sistine Chapel I

Answer: Michelangelo

Michelangelo was seen as a sculptor. Raphael was a contemporary of Michelangelo and painted the Papal Apartments. Botticelli painted several scenes on the walls of the Chapel. Pier Matteo d'Amelia painted the original ceiling.

25. Which artist painted the majority of the Brancacci Chapel in Florence, including the works "Tribute Money" and "Expulsion of Adam and Eve"?

From Quiz Name the Artist: Renaissance Art

Answer: Masaccio

Both "Tribute Money" and "Expulsion of Adam and Eve" are located in the Brancacci Chapel in Florence.

26. The Baptism of Christ by Andrea del Verrocchio has a figure painted by another famous Renaissance artist. Who is it?

From Quiz Renaissance Art - Some Works

Answer: Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was the pupil of Verrocchio, and his figure represents a distinct style we later attribute to Da Vinci.

27. David in bronze (standing on the head of Goliath)?

From Quiz The "Ninja Turtles" Art Quiz

Answer: Donatello

The first nude statue of the Renaissance, this David, also in Florence, depicts David after his famous battle.

28. It is widely accepted now that which painter was the so-called 'Master of Flémalle'?

From Quiz Renaissance Masters

Answer: Robert Campin

Not much is known about Robert Campin, but experts now believe that he was the 'Master of Flémalle'. Campin hailed from Tournai, not Flémalle, from whence several paintings of his were previously supposed to have come. Campin lived during the early 15th C. The paintings attributed to the Master of Flémalle are very similar to the works of Campin's two pupils, Daret and van der Weyden, hence they have been assigned to Campin.

29. In 1348 this particular fellow wrote the first novel of modernity, composed of 100 stories, mainly of very ribald and salacious matters. Who was he?

From Quiz The Early Renaissance

Answer: Giovanni Boccaccio

His 'Decameron' has been a delight to Renaissance lovers ever since...

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