The Development of Northern Painting in 15th-Century Europe


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What style of painting was most often used before the Northern painters embraced oil paint?

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1. Which of these is not one of the advantages of oil-based paint?

2. Which of these represents the main characteristics of Northern painting in the 15th century?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

During the 15th century, artists in Northern Europe developed their own style and approach to painting, independent of all the work and innovation that was taking place at the same time in Italy. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand the characteristics of Northern painting, factors that influenced its development and how it differed from the art of the Italian Renaissance.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The introduction of oil paint
  • Realism in Northern Painting
  • Definition of a triptych
  • Portraiture in Northern art
  • Advantages of oil paint over tempera

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow students to test the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of Northern Painting in the 15th century to answer questions about its features
  • Defining key concepts - ensure you can accurately define key terms such as tempera, triptych and realism
  • Making connections - examine the factors that led to the rise of popular portraiture in Northern Europe during the 15th century

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on Northern Painting in 15th century Europe. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Recognize the artistic achievements of Northern European painters
  • Know the effect of the introduction of oil paint
  • Understand the use of realism in Northern European art
  • Explore innovations in portraiture made by Northern painters
  • Examine the style and detail of Northern European triptychs