Northern and Italian renaissance

Painting is a form of profound creative release. -Jan Van

Northern renaissance facts

  • 1430-1580
  • The Northern renaissance refers to architecture, and rapid development in art.
  • In the Northern renaissance print making was very important and popular.
  • Oil painting also became popular in the northern renaissance.

Italian renaissance facts

  • 1300-1400
  • The renaissance represents the pinnacle of artistic achievement.
  • After the renaissance era, the artistic movement known as mannerism, was The beginning of the dawn of the Baroque era.
  • In Italy the perception of the glory of ancient Rome, could be reborn. This was a major driving force for the beginnings of the renaissance.
  • Many artists applied humanist principals to their paintings.
  • Brunelleschi devised a way to draw in linear perspective, he had figured out how to draw from the perspective of a person looking at the painting so that the space would appear to recede within the frame.


  • They both wanted to portray the human figure in a realistic way.
  • Both are a sign of rebirth, as in the way people think.


  • Italians used soft pastels, while northern renaissance people used sharp vivid oil paints.
  • Italian paintings were more religious, while northern paintings focused on families and everyday people.

Main people


  • Michelangelo
  • Raphael
  • Donatello


  • Quentin Metsys
  • Robert Campin
  • Alberant Durer

By, Alex and Bethany