Northern Renaissance Sara Moffitt

The Northern Renaissance

  • The Northern Renaissance occurred in countries north of Italy.
  • The main countries who participated in the Northern Renaissance included England, France, Germany and Flanders.
  • Artist of this time were very interested in realism.


  • Gurer studied in Italy in 1494 before returning to Germany, his home.
  • He was most famed for his remarkable woodcut prints.
  • Many of his woodcut prints displayed religious figures.

Some of this woodcuts:


  • Holbein was also a German painter who was influenced by Gurer.
  • He specialized in painting realistic portraits
  • The english Royal family, including King Henry VIII, had their portraits done by Holbein

Portrait of the Royal Family of England

Van Eyck

  • Van Eyck was the first great flemish painter of the Northern Renaissance
  • He developed oil-based painting techniques that painters still use today
  • His paintings showed shockingly realistic details and help display the personality of their subjects

SOME EXamples of his work:

Bruegel: Flemish Painter

  • Bruegel was a Flemish painter who worked during the peak of the Northern Renaissance
  • His best work included mostly paintings large groups of people
  • He captured everyday life events, such as weddings, dances and harvests.

Some of his best works include:

Erasmus: Christian Humanist

  • Erasmus was a close friend of More.
  • His most famous work was called Praise of the Folly, a book that made fun of greedy merchants, heartsick lovers, quarrelsome scholars, and pompous priests.
  • He believed that Christianity was in your heart, not in rituals or ceremonies
  • He thought that to improve society, all people should read the Bible

More: Christian Humanist

  • More thought more on the bright side.
  • His book, Utopia, showed an ideal world where greed, corruption and war had dispersed
  • He wrote mostly in Latin, but as he grew in popularity, he expanded to French, German, English, Spanish and Italian.

This is a page from his book, Utopia.

Christine de Pizan

  • She was one of the first female authors
  • She spoke out about men's issues with educating women, and wrote about it in her book, The Book of the City of Ladies
  • She produced many mother books, including short stories, biographies, novels, and manuals on military techniques
A picture of de Pizan and of one of her poems

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