This edition: The Early Renaissance
Part 1. The Early Renaissance in Florence
Part 2. The Early Renaissance in Northern Europe
Through the contributions of Florentine artists in the early 15th century, the classical tradition is revived and reinterpreted. The achievements of Masaccio, Donatello, and Ghiberti exemplify the merging of Christian and humanistic values in art. In the North, the richly detailed "magic realism" of Jan van Eyck glows in the perfected medium of oil paint. Grunewald's "Isenheim Altarpiece" dramatically conveys the spiritual crisis of Northern Europe on the eve of the Reformation, while Albrecht Durer's works reflect the spirit of the Renaissance reaching Germany.