Similarities And Differences Of The Italian Renaissance And Northern Renaissance

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The Renaissance was a period of great advancement not only culturally but also in reference to technology and science. Individual parts of Europe had their own changes, however, the Italian Renaissance and Northern Renaissance are the two most recorded within Europe. Although they share this in common, they are in fact extremely different, these differences can be observed through artwork in each Renaissance. The Italian Renaissance was concerned with art that they produced to depict beauty and elegance, above all. The Italian Renaissance was also aware that it was in fact just that, a Renaissance. The Northern Renaissance was, however, more concerned with the realism involved in painting, as highlighted by Craig Harbson “In general, as Michelangelo …show more content…
The Crucified Christ (1503-04) is a classical example of Italian Renaissance art. The piece illustrates, extremely effectively the Italian desire to make everything in which they paint beautiful, not matter how horrific the subject may be. Christ in this depiction, although, dead does not appear to have progressed into rigor mortis of any degree, Christ also appears to look peace in death in the Raphael painting, unlike in the Grunewald where distress is on Christ’s face is blatant. The way in which Christ is bleeding in Raphael’s piece is depicted with a degree of beauty, the bleeding is not messy, any blood coming from Christ, is delicately dripping into chalices held by angels on either side of Christ. This is a complete contrast with that of Grunewald’s depiction of the crucifixion, where blood is freely flowing down both his arms and legs. Other figures in the Raphael painting, St Mary Magdalene, The Virgin Mary, St Jerome and John the Evangelist, appear to be somewhat relaxed in Raphael’s depiction of the crucifixion, all figures in the piece appear beautiful and calm despite the situation, which highlights the Italian desire to ensure beauty and perfection within their …show more content…
Two pieces from the Northern Renaissance were also used in order to provide evidence of differences in Italian and Northern paintings in this period; Mathias Grunewald, Crucifixion Panel of the Isenheim Altarpiece (1515-19) and Jan Van Eyck, Arnolfini Portrait (1434). Chosen paintings allowed for the illustration of differences in subject matter and style throughout the Northern and Italian Renaissances. While the Italian Renaissance painted works of beauty and prowess of religious and mythological depictions with a concentration on linear perspective and balance. The Northern Renaissance delved into the realism and finer details involved within art. Having these differences highlight historical developments throughout Europe during the time period of the

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