Unit 6: Renaissance, Reformation, and Scientific Revolution


Unit Three Essential/Guiding Questions             

Essential Questions:

Why is the Renaissance considered a "rebirth"?

Did the Renaissance end?

How did Martin Luther's 95 Thesis change the world?

How did the Scientific Revolution change the way man viewed the world?

Guiding Questions:

How did cultural diffusion lead to the Renaissance?

What characteristics define the Renaissance and made it the “golden age” of Europe?

What were some problems with the Catholic Church in the 16th century?

How did the Protestant’s change the way Christianity was practiced?

What innovations were developed as a result of the Scientific Revolution?


Driven to Defiance

"I would never have thought that such a storm would rise from Rome over one simple scrap of paper..." (Martin Luther)

Few, if any, men have changed the course of history like Martin Luther. In less than ten years, this fevered German monk plunged a knife into the heart of an empire that had ruled for a thousand years, and set in motion a train of revolution, war and conflict that would reshape Western civilization, and lift it out of the Dark Ages. Learn more about this magnificent monk here... 


To Infinity and Beyond...

Four hundred years ago Galileo gave birth to modern astronomy with the humblest of instrument.  A one-and-a-half lens fitted into simple woodern tubes just a few feet long, Galileo's lenses magnified the heavens, bringing Earth's moon, sunspots, and nearby planets into focus. This basic instrument changed our world and gradually developed into something so powerful, we can see the edge of our galaxy. This 400-year time line highlights some of the most significant developments and astronomical discoveries in telescope history.

The Renaissance Conncection

With the simple click of a mouse, travel 500 years into the past to discover many Renaissance innovations revealed through the Allentown Art Museum's Samuel H. Kress Collection of European art.
Be a patron of the arts. Design your own innovation. Investigate Renaissance artworks in depth. Discover how past innovations inform life today. And more, all enhanced with quirky visuals, irreverent humor, and engaging interactivity that reveal the ways that Renaissance life and culture resemble our own. Start exploring here... 


A World Transformed

Between 1300 and 1600 the Western world was transformed. 

An extraordinary wave of artistic and cultural innovation shattered medieval society and brought European culture reluctantly into the modern era. 

This was the Renaissance. 

Take a look at some famous artwork and learn more about the artists of the Reniassance. Do you notice any techniques or themes we discussed in class?? View the gallery here...
  • Perspective
  • Humanism
  • Symbolism
  • Greek and Roman ideas/themes