Northern Renaissance by: lily oliver

Three Facts Concerning the Northern Renaissance

-Nuremberg in southern Germany was the central city of the German Renaissance.

-Dutch artists were some of the first western artists to specialize in landscapes. The Portuguese invented the caravel during the Renaissance.

-French-Dutch composer Josquin des Prez is often considered the world's first musical genius.

-Albrecht Durer-

At the age of fifteen Albrecht was apprenticed to Michel Wolgemut, the leading Nuremberg painter of his day.

He made watercolor sketches as he travelled over the Alps and those sketches happened to be the first pure landscapes ever produced in Western Art.

-Hans Holbein-

His portraits during the English Reformation provide an insight into the characters who dominated this famous and dangerous period of 16th century history.

One of Holbein's most famous paintings is the Ambassadors. The work is a double portrait of the diplomats Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve, their mission included diplomatic proposals regarding the Kings marriage to Anne Boleyn. The details within the work contain many symbolic images relating to that mission.

-Van Eyck-

All of the known works of Jan Van Eyck are from the period within his service to Philip of Burgundy.

The artist was held in high esteem by the Duke who was godfather to his son. Philip also paid a salary to Van Eyck, this was very unusual as most artists of the period relied on individual commissions for their livelihoods.


Pieter the Elder Bruegel was a Netherlandish Renaissance painter and printmaker known for his landscapes and peasant scenes

He was an apprentice of Pieter Coecke van Aelst, whose daughter Mayken he later married


He defined the humanist movement in Northern Europe.

His translation to Greek of the New Testament brought on a theological revolution, and his views on the Reformation tempered its more radical elements.

Quote: "It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is."


Thomas More wrote Utopia in 1516, which was the forerunner of the utopian literary genre.

More served as an important counselor to King Henry VIII of England, serving as his key counselor in the early 1500s, but after he refused to accept the king as head of the Church of England, he was tried for treason and beheaded

Quote: "None falleth far but he who climbeth high."

-Christine de Pizan-

-Christine de Pizan was a French Renaissance writer who wrote some of the very first feminist pieces of literature

-During the Renaissance, Christine de Pizan broke with the traditional roles assigned to women in several ways during a time when women had no legal rights and were considered a man's property

-Her most important work, The Book of the City of Ladies, was written to combat the current ideas that existed about woman's nature.

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