Medieval and Renaissance online supported by The Bonita Trust
Learn more about some of the objects and themes in the Medieval & Renaissance Galleries by exploring the interactives provided below.
Supported by the Bonita Trust
The Boar and Bear Hunt Tapestry
This tapestry was made around 1425-30 in the Southern Netherlands. The events of the hunt unfold from right to left.
Inside the Renaissance home
This interactive enables you to get closer to some of the Renaissance objects in the galleries. Listen to 16th-century music and spoken extracts to hear the sound of a harpsichord or a prayer to the Virgin.
A guide to Mannerist style
Mannerism is the term often given to a style of Renaissance art and architecture that began in the courts of Italy in about 1520, then spread throughout Europe and lasted until about 1610.
A guide to Gothic style
The Gothic style first appeared in the 12th century in the area around Paris. In architecture, Gothic buildings employed a variety of new techniques to pierce walls with larger windows and to build loftier spaces.
A guide to all'Antica style
Renaissance art 'All'Antica' took much of its inspiration from the sculpture, buildins and writings of the classical world - mainly Rome and its empire, but also ancient greece.
A guide to Romanesque style
'Romanesque' is a modern term describing the art and architecture produced in Western Europe in the Period 1000-1200. The style used the art of the Roman Empire as a principle source of creative inspiration.
Explore the Church of Santa Chiara
The chapel was built in 1492 and was part of a convent church in Florence. This interactive is part of the 3D reconstruction of Santa Chiara church.
Style influences beyond Europe
Initially, the lands around the Islamic cultures of the Mediterranean were the main source of imported luxury goods. This changed in the 16th century, when Europeans established sea routes to China and Japan.