"Every age projects it own images into its art." During the Northern Renaissance, art became more detailed, symbolic, and more realistic. Two famous artists from this time period (1450-1600) included Rogier Van der Weyden, and Albrecht Durer.
This painting was created around 1441. Christ is shown dead with limp fingers and dangling arms, typical of his acute observation. The marks on his wrists might be a consequence from hanging on the cross, another realistic detail that was displayed during the Renaissance.
This religious piece shows many characteristics of the renaissance. It is very realistic with very bold colors, mixing warm and cool to add texture and dynamic to the picture. Three pieced pictures were very common during this time period. The three sections are painted at a close perspective to see a full view of everyone in the scene.
Here, you can easily depict Van der Weyden's use of light. The light source comes from above the lady without casting glares or heavy shadows. Although this skill didn't catch-on until later Renaissance, Rogier masters evoking the most subtle feelings from his subjects.
This is one of Durer's best known pieces. He managed to create an extremely detailed and very accurate portrayal of a hare showing fine lines, and shadow. Compared to art from the middle ages or beyond, this piece contains so much more realism and depth.
In this piece, Durer shows the theory of the four temperaments. Every person has these four humors or personality types. The idea of adding personal ideas and the use of symbolism is shown in many parts of this piece.
This piece of Madonna and child shows a great use of shading, color change, and realistic detail. Although, the child's face looks less than a child and more like a grown man. Besides minor things, this work has come a long way since Medieval times.
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