The Northern Renaissance: 1500s

While the Renaissance was happening in Italy, great artistic and social changes occurred in Germany and the Low Countries. A bias in favor of Italian art among earlier generalizations of scholars made Italy the focus of artistic invention and the Northern Renaissance was seen as a less sophisticated imitation of the real thing. One might debate whether the North experienced a Renaissance, but the artistic, institutional, and intellectual changes are evident. Discover Grünewald, Bosch, Dürer, Bruegel, Holbein and other extraordinary artists from this period.

Angel, Albrecht Dürer, The Four Horsemen, from The Apocalypse,1498, woodcut, 38.7 x 27.9 cm (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Dürer combined the corporeality of Italian art with the detail and emotive narration of northern European art.

Who was Albrecht Dürer?

Hans Holbein Dance of Death
Care to waltz? In Holbein’s time, death was a visible part of life—the dance partner from which no one could hide.

About Hans Holbein the Younger