Northern Renaissance By Emma O'brien

The Northern Renaissance was the Renaissance that occurred in Europe north of the Alps.

It took place in the fifteenth century.

Northern artists such as Jan van Eyck introduced powerful and influential changes, such as the perfection of oil paint and almost impossible representation of minute detail.



Dürer was a successful painter whoa also built his reputation on his prints, both woodcut and engravings.

One of his best-loved works is the engraving Melancholia which shows the personification of melancholy, the temperament associated with artistic inspiration.


German and Swiss artist and printmaker who worked in a Northern Renaissance style.

He is best known as one of the greatest portraitists of the 16th century.


Van Eych

Van Eych was a Flemish/Netherlandish painter active in Bruges.

He is often considered one of the founders of Early Netherlandish painting school and one of the most significant representatives of Northern Renaissance art


Pieter Bruegel the Elder was the most significant artist of Dutch and Flemish Renaissance painting.

He was a painter and printmaker from Brabant who was known for his landscapes and peasant scenes.



Erasmus was a Dutch/Netherlandish Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, social critic, teacher, and theologian.

Erasmus was a classical scholar and wrote in a pure Latin style.

Quote: "Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself."

Thomas More

Thomas More was an English lawyer, social philosopher, author, statesman and noted Renaissance humanist

Thomas More is known for his 1516 book, Utopia, and for his untimely death in 1535, after refusing to acknowledge King Henry VIII as head of the Church of England.

Quote: "See me safe up: for in my coming down, I can shift for myself."

Christine de Pizan

Christine de Pizan was an Italian French late medieval author.

She served as a court writer for several dukes and the French royal court during the reign of Charles VI.

Quote: “Those who plead their cause in the absence of an opponent can invent to their heart's content, can pontificate without taking into account the opposite point of view and keep the best arguments for themselves, for aggressors are always quick to attack those who have no means of defence.”

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