Italian and Northern Renaissance

1400's-1600's

Key people from the renaissance

  • Giotto

    (1267-1337) is considered the "Father of the Renaissance".


  • Filippo Brunelleschi

    (1337-1446) was a Florentine architect and engineer; the first to carry out a series of optical experiments that led to a mathematical theory of perspective.


  • Masaccio

    (1401- 1428) was the one of the first artists to apply the new method of linear perspective.


  • Donatello

    (1386-1466) brought a new sense of naturalism to sculpture.



The Renaissance was a period in which people started looking to the classical world. When they looked at history, they considered the classical world to have been a time of greatness. Beginning in the fifteenth century, many Italians thought that by reviving the ideas, art, and architecture from antiquity, they could bring about a “rebirth” of greatness

most of the ideas in the renaissance period was humanism. humanism is when the art is focused on people.

Mona Lisa

oil painting by the Italian painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer Leonardo da Vinci, probably the world’s most-famous painting.

creation of Adam

the most famous section of the Sistine Chapel ceiling is Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam.

other world events in this time period

  • Portuguese conquered Ceuta.
  • Inca Empire founded
  • Christopher Columbus discovered America

difference between the Northern and Italian Renaissance

In some areas the Northern Renaissance was distinct from the Italian Renaissance in its centralization of political power.