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1.Late Medieval Art, Literature, and Plague

•Quote a one (1) or two (2) line section that you enjoy from Petrarch, Chaucer, Boccaccio, or Christine de Pisan, and provide your reason(s) for the choice. Next, describe the historical significance of the writer whose work you have chosen. Comment on the degree to which the Black Death epidemic (1347-1350 CE) impacted that writer’s work.

•Describe at least two (2) things that these writers taught you about daily life and reality in the late Middle Ages (refer to the source!)

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Late Medieval Art, Literature, and Plague

•Chapter 13 (pp. 449-453, 456, 462-3), Boccaccio; (pp. 453-4), Petrarch; (pp. 454-6), Chaucer; (pp. 455-457), Christine de Pisan

•Chapter 13 ( 449-451, 458), The Plague

•The Plague at http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/black_death_of_1348_to_1350.htm

2.Grand Masters of the Renaissance

•Describe the moment captured in Leonardo’s Last Supper painting, and discuss the reasons why disciples are shown on the same side of the table. Describe the most well-known techniques that Leonardo used to give more realism to the painting. Compare his painting style to one other Renaissance painter who caught your attention.

•Next, discuss one (1) of Leonardo’s inventions (or proposed inventions) that most fascinates or surprises you, and explain why.

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Leonardo da Vinci

•Chapter 14 (pp. 489-492), art of da Vinci; review Week 7 Music Folder

•Partial restoration of the Last Supper at http://www.philvaz.com/apologetics/LeonardoLastSupper.htm

•Images, article, and 16th century copy of the Last Supper at http://www.abcgallery.com/L/leonardo/leonardo4.html

•Leonardo’s work in science and invention at http://www.museoscienza.org/english/leonardo/models-exhibited (scroll down to thumbnail photos; click to enlarge and read more information)

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