Facts About the Northern Renaissance
1. Dutch artists were some of the first western artists to specialize in landscape paintings
2. The word "renaissance" is a French word that means "rebirth".
3. The Portuguese invented the caravel during the Renaissance. This maneuverable sailing ship helped improve trade, exploration, and travel.
Facts About German Painter: Durer
1. At the age of fifteen Durer was an apprentice to the designated painter of the town, Michael Wolgemut.
2. Durer learned wood carving and elementary copper engraving with the help of Wolgemut.
Facts About German Painter: Holbein
1. He is often called the Hans Holbein the Younger because his father who had the same name was known as the Hans Holbein the Elder.
2. Hans Holbein died from the plague in London, in 1543. He was buried in a community burial pit in the grounds of St. Katherine Cree church in the City of London.
Facts About Flemish Painter: Van Eyck
1. In 1425, he was employed under the service of Duke Philip, the Good of Burgundy.
2. Van Eyck used oil painting in his portraits and panel paintings.
Facts About Flemish Painter: Bruegel
1. Bruegel is best known for his detailed landscapes, colourful comical views of peasant life and extraordinary visionary paintings.
2. It wasn't until the 20th century that his contribution to religious art was fully appreciated.
Facts About Christian Humanist: Erasmus
1. Erasmus helped lay the groundwork for the historical-critical study of the past, especially in his studies of the Greek New Testament and the Church Fathers.
2. Erasmus reputation began to improve in the late 17th century, when the last of Europe’s religious wars were leaving everyone's memories and scholars like Richard Simon and Jean Le Clercq were once again taking a more critical approach to biblical texts.
Quote: “When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”
Facts About Christian Humanist: More
1. In late 1504 or early 1505, More married Joan Colt, the eldest daughter of an Essex gentleman farmer.
2. On May 1, 1517, a mob of London apprentices attacked foreign merchants in the city. More’s role in quenching this Evil May Day riot inspired a scene, attributed to Shakespeare, in Sir Thomas More, a composite Elizabethan play.
Quote: "See me safe up: for in my coming down, I can shift for myself."
Facts About Christine de Pizan
1. Christine de Pizan wrote about and was a big supporter of women's rights.
2. Christine's first work appears to be her Hundred Ballades, followed by 26 virelays, 2 lays, 69 rondeaux, 70 framed poems, 66 more ballades, and 2 complaints
3. Christine was born in 1364 in Venice, Italy. Her father Thomas de Pizan was an astrologer, physician and a councilor of Republic of Venice.