The Northern Renaissance By Carly McDermott

The Northern Renaissance
  • The Northern Renaissance was a result of the dramatic growth in cities after the Hundred Years' War between France and England
  • This Renaissance started in Flanders, a city rich from long distance trade and the cloth industry
  • As Renaissance ideas spread out of Italy, they combined with Northern traditions, which helped the Northern Renaissance have its own character
A Portrait of Albrecht Dürer
  • After traveling back to Germany, from studying in Italy in 1494, he began making woodcuts and engravings.
  • Many of his famous painting portray religious subjects
Some of his famous paintings include; Young Hare (pictured on the left), Knight, Death and the Devil (shown in the middle), and The Feast of the Rosary (shown on the right)
Hans Holbein the Younger
  • He was a German artist that specialized in painting portraits that are almost photographic in detail
  • He traveled to England, where he painted portraits of Henry VIII, and other members of the English royal family
Jan Van Eyck
  • He used recently developed oil based paints that painters still use today
  • Most of Van Eyck's paintings display unusually realistic details that reveal the personality of their subjects
Hunters in the Snow, by Pieter Bruegel
  • Bruegel was skilled in showing large numbers of people. He captured scenes from everyday peasant life such as weddings, dances, and harvests.
  • Bruegel’s rich colors, vivid details, and balanced use of space give a sense of life and feeling.
Erasmus of Holland
  • Erasmus believed in Christianity of the heart, not of ceremonies or rules
  • He wrote his most famous work, The Praise of the Folly in 1509

"There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other."

Thomas More of England
  • He wrote the book "Utopia" in 1516
  • He was sentenced to death in 1535, after refusing to acknowledge King Henry VIII as head of the Church of England.

"They wonder much to hear that gold, which in itself is so useless a thing, should be everywhere so much esteemed, that even men for whom it was made, and by whom it has its value, should yet be thought of less value than it is."

Christine de Pizan
  • She was one of the first women to earn a living as a writer
  • Christine de Pizan was one of the first European writers to question the different treatment of boys and girls.
  • While writing in French, she produced many books, short stories, biographies, novels and, manuals on military techniques

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