Q:

What was the difference between Northern and Italian Renaissance art?

A:

Quick Answer

The primary differences between Northern Renaissance art and Italian Renaissance art were the emphasis placed on religion and anatomical extent to which the human body was portrayed. Northern Renaissance artists were more religious in their approach, while Italian artists were more secular. Too, science was an area in which many Italian Renaissance painters had great interest, and that interest tended to find its way into their art.

  Know More

Full Answer

The term "Northern Renaissance" paintings is somewhat misleading because it actually refers to the Renaissance anywhere outside of Italy. The Renaissance for Italy was a period of enlightenment in which there were considerable developments in science as well as art. Observations of nature and natural science were of particular interest to Renaissance artists.

Depictions of the human body as anatomically and proportionally correct are evident in countless Italian Renaissance pieces. Such ideals were embraced and backed by wealthy Italian patrons who were eager to support the causes. In contrast, the rest of Europe was still more firmly rooted in Medieval religious ideals, and there were fewer wealthy patrons willing to support artists. As a result, Northern Renaissance art depicts religious subjects and messages, partly in rebellion to what, at the time, appeared to be increasingly secular messages appearing in Italian art of the time.

Learn more about Architecture

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What is an important concept in Greek art and architecture?

    A:

    An important concept in Greek art and architecture was arete, a Greek word meaning excellence, particularly in human accomplishments. Through their temples, sculpture, and pottery, the Greeks exhibited the principle of their culture – “Man is the measure of all things.”

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    When was the Art Deco era?

    A:

    The eclectic design and artistic style known as Art Deco thrived throughout Europe and the United States from 1908 through 1935. It gained serious momentum shortly after World War I concluded in 1918. The style began in Paris before fanning out into the rest of the continent and across the Atlantic.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are the stylistic characteristics of Art Nouveau?

    A:

    Art Nouveau is interesting in that is has no simple to define characteristics, although the overall philosophy of the style was to bring the beauty of art to everyday objects no matter how utilitarian they may be, while at the same time rejecting the neoclassical forms that were popular during the time its inception. The term is still applied to a number of artistic works today, as many fall into the overall style of Art Nouveau.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Where can you buy an art glass window hanging?

    A:

    Art glass window hangings are available in home furnishings stores and their websites. Online retailers also list art glass window hangings in their inventories, as do craft sites.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore