A new naturalism appears in this period, known as the Late Gothic.
1300 - 1400
This period sees beautiful gold-filled paintings, but also the horror of the Black Death, which arrived on European shores in 1348. The pandemic ended up killing approximately half of Europe’s population. The Black Death radically disrupted society, but did the social, political and religious upheaval created by the plague contribute to the Renaissance?
Small torso? Huge shins? If you think you could paint Mary better, remember that artistic goals change over time.
By Louisa Woodville
Rats spread plague throughout the streets of Europe. Society turned upside down—but the Renaissance lay ahead.
By Corey D'Augustine, Dr. Steven Zucker
Taddeo Gaddi, Saint Julian, 1340, tempera on wood, gold ground, 54 x 36.2 cm (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
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