Art & design in early Renaissance Europe 1200–1400

This was a period of urban growth that saw large towns develop and the volume of international trade increase. Many of Europe's finest castles and cathedrals were built during these two centuries. Before the epidemic known as the Black Death in 1348, Europe's population was at its highest level for many centuries. Luxury goods and art works were produced in a style now known as 'Gothic'. Although it developed in Paris in the mid-1100s its popularity spread widely to centres as far apart as England and Hungary. Gothic was constantly reinvigorated by new ideas, and would remain a popular style well into the 1500s. A revitalised interest in ancient Roman culture began to develop, initially in Italy in the 1300s. This revival would become known to later generations as the Renaissance.

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Death and Art: Europe 1200-1530

Death and Art: Europe 1200-1530

In Medieval and Renaissance Europe, where life expectancy was under forty and the Church taught that, after dying, the soul faced a terrifying and unc…

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Fri 05 June 2015 11:00

FOUR WEEK SHORT COURSE: Explore the evolution and important social role of portraiture in the Renaissance. Discover how portraits were made, and how they were used in contexts ranging from marriage to death, dynasty to devotion.

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