- 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
- 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 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."
- 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."
- 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