The Influence of Patrons in 15th-Century Northern European & Spanish Art


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What was the main source of wealth for Bruges?

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1. What is unique about the class system of 15th-century Northern Europe?

2. What sort of art did most middle class people purchase?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Much of the art produced in the 15th Century in Northern Europe and Spain owed its existence to the patronage system. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the relationship between patrons and 15th Century Northern European and Spanish art. Some things you'll be assessed on include the main source of wealth for Bruges, how the Northern European class system was unique, and the types of art that middle-class people tended to purchase.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The main source of wealth for the city of Bruges
  • How the Northern European class system was unique in the 15th Century
  • The types of art that the middle class tended to purchase
  • The definition of a devotional altarpiece
  • Common requests of wealthy patrons

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding patronage and Northern European and Spanish art of the 15th Century
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the uniqueness of the class system in 15-century Europe and the type of art that the middle class tended to purchase
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about a common request of wealthy patrons and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about the patronage and artwork of the 15th Century, review the accompanying lesson, The Influence of Patrons in 15th-Century Northern European & Spanish Art. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • What it meant to rely on patrons
  • A description of a Diptych
  • Examples of different artworks that might be provided to the period's middle class patrons, its wealthier patrons and the wealthiest of patrons