Northern Vs. Southern Renaissance Styles Comparison Essay by Nicky

A comparison and contrast of the Netherland's style of art with the Florentine style, 1300-1450.
# 145404 | 874 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 07, 2010 in Architecture (European) , Art (History) , Art (Painting)

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The paper describes the heavy use of symbolism in the Flemish style of art and discusses how these symbolic images tended to focus more on personalized and domestic subjects. The paper then shows how the art of Florence was more often focused on city politics, rather than the personal and domestic life of a patron, and was also lacking in symbolism.

From the Paper:

"The period between the years 1300-1450 is often called a kind of proto-Renaissance, a transitional artistic and architectural period that existed between the Middle Ages and the High Renaissance. The differences between the Northern and Southern Renaissance styles and cultural attitudes are particularly manifest during this period. The Northern Renaissance in the Netherlands and other nearby nations had a more realistic style versus the more idealized style of the Southern Renaissance, and tended to focus more on personalized and domestic subjects than the classical and nationalistic art of the Southern Renaissance."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "David with the Head of Goliath." NGA. 2008. December 24, 2008.
  • "The Early Renaissance in Florence." NGA. 2008. December 24, 2008
  • Urton, Robin. Northern Renaissance Eye on Art. Art History Pages. 2008. December 24, 2008.

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