The Northern Renaissance By Maeve Hart

The Northern Renaissance

  • Humanist writers expanded ideas about individuality, impressing scholars, students, and merchants who visited Italy
  • Renaissance ideas spread to Northern Europe by the late 1400s
  • The northern Renaissance had it's own character, because the artists were interested in realism and Judeo-Christian values
The Kermesses of Saint George

German Painter: Durer

  • Traveled to Italy in 1494 to study
  • Many of his works are inspired by religious subjects, classical myths, or realistic landscapes
Albrecht Durer Self-Portrait

German Painter: Holbein

  • Specialized in painting portraits that almost look like photograpgs because they are so detailed and realistic
  • He moved to England where he painted portraits of people such as Henry VIII and other royal English people
Hans Holbein the Younger

Flemish Panter: van Eyck

  • Created oil paintings that were unusually realistic and revealed the personality of his subjects
  • He influenced many later artists in Northern Europe
Jan van Eyck Self-Portriat

Flemish Painter: Bruegel

  • Was interested in realistic details and was very skilled in portraying large numbers of peoples
  • His paintings captured scenes from everyday peasant life such as weddings, dances, and harvests and gave a sense of life and feeling
Pieter Bruegal the Elder Self-Portrait

Christian Humanist: Erasmus

  • Believed in Christianity of the heart, not of ceremonies or rules
  • Thought that all people should read the bible in order to improve society
Desiderius Erasmus

Christian Humanist: More

  • Tried to show a better model of society
  • Wrote the book, "Utopia", which was very popular and translated into many different languages
Thomas More

Christine de Pizan

  • Was highly educated for a woman of that time
  • Was one of the first women to earn a living as a writer, and produced many books, including short stories, biographies, novels, and manuals on military techniques
  • Was one of the first European writers to question different treatment of boys and girls
Christine de Pizan


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