Beginner’s guide: Italy in the 14th century

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?