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Ch 13: Sixteenth-Century Art of Northern Europe & Spain

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Follow along with video lessons to discover sixteenth-century art of northern Europe and Spain. Use the accompanying quizzes as a way to test your knowledge after completing each lesson.

Sixteenth-Century Art of Northern Europe & Spain - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The art of sixteenth-century northern Europe and Spain had distinctive characteristics that separated it from the artwork of other eras and locales. Throughout this chapter, we'll examine these characteristics, as well as noteworthy examples and the influences that shaped art during this time. These lessons will also teach you how to spot differences among distinguished artists' works by examining their features. Remember to ask an instructor if you have any questions, and take the quizzes to gauge your understanding of the materials. This chapter is designed to teach you:

  • Famous 16th century works of northern Europe & Spain
  • The relationship between art and religion in 16th century Europe
  • Processes involved in 16th century artwork
  • The myth of the mad artist
  • Comparisons of Renaissance art to other genres

VideoObjective
Trends in High Renaissance MannerismIdentify significant trends in High Renaissance Mannerism.
16th-Century Art of Northern Europe & Spain: Characteristics, Techniques & Famous Works Discover formal techniques and famous examples of 16th-century northern European and Spanish art.
Art in the Protestant Reformation: Albrecht Durer & Northern European Artists Examine the ways in which art shaped and defined the Protestant Reformation.
16th-Century Spanish Art & the Catholic Counter-Reformation Take a look at how the Spanish art of this period represents the Catholic Counter-Reformation.
The Role of Patrons in 16th-Century Art & Architecture See how patrons supported art and architecture throughout the 16th century.
Comparing Mannerist and Renaissance Art Identify differences between Mannerist and Renaissance styles, especially in sculpture.
The Role of the Proverb in 16th Century Art: Erasmus & Bruegel Analyze the role of the proverb and learn about Erasmus and Bruegel.
Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights Explore the characteristics of Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights.
Iconography of Pieter Bruegel the Elder Examine the connotations associated with Bruegel's iconography.
Prints in Northern Europe: History, Processes & Functions Study the history of prints in Northern Europe, as well as their functions and the processes involved.
The Origins of the Myth and the Mad Artist Discover the myth of the mad artist and how it originated.
The Isenheim Altarpiece: Iconography, Function & Context Analyze the Isenheim Altarpiece in terms of iconography, function, and context.
Comparing Northern 16th-Century and High Renaissance Painting Explore differences among Northern 16th-century and High Renaissance painting and discover examples.

13 Lessons in Chapter 13: Sixteenth-Century Art of Northern Europe & Spain
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Trends in High Renaissance Mannerism

1. Trends in High Renaissance Mannerism

In this lesson, you will explore Mannerist art and architecture and discover how this style reacted to the formality of the High Renaissance. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

16th-Century Art of Northern Europe & Spain: Characteristics, Techniques & Famous Works

2. 16th-Century Art of Northern Europe & Spain: Characteristics, Techniques & Famous Works

In this lesson, you will explore the artwork of both Northern Europe and Spain as they entered the 16th century. You can then test your knowledge with a short quiz.

Art in the Protestant Reformation: Albrecht Durer & Northern European Artists

3. Art in the Protestant Reformation: Albrecht Durer & Northern European Artists

The Protestant Reformation introduced some pretty substantial changes into European society. In this lesson, we'll be talking about some of the impacts it had on the art of Northern Europe.

16th-Century Spanish Art & the Catholic Counter-Reformation

4. 16th-Century Spanish Art & the Catholic Counter-Reformation

How did Spain become the center of the Catholic faith and how is this related to art? Find out as you explore the dynamic 16th century and test your understanding with a brief quiz in this lesson.

The Role of Patrons in 16th-Century Art & Architecture

5. The Role of Patrons in 16th-Century Art & Architecture

In this lesson, we'll examine the influence of art patrons across Europe in the 16th century. We'll discover how they helped develop a lasting culture of art during this time.

Comparing Mannerist and Renaissance Art

6. Comparing Mannerist and Renaissance Art

In this lesson, you will compare two different styles of art that shared the 16th century: Renaissance and Mannerism. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Role of the Proverb in 16th Century Art: Erasmus & Bruegel

7. The Role of the Proverb in 16th Century Art: Erasmus & Bruegel

In this lesson, you will explore the history of proverbs in Western culture and discover how they influenced art of the 16th century. We will be looking closely at Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus and Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights

8. Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights

In this lesson, you will explore a complex and intricate painting by Hieronymus Bosch and examine the world of 16th-century religious painting. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Iconography of Pieter Bruegel the Elder

9. Iconography of Pieter Bruegel the Elder

In this lesson, you will explore the style and symbols used by the Dutch painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder. We'll investigate some of the hidden symbols found in his landscapes and daily life scenes.

Prints in Northern Europe: History, Processes & Functions

10. Prints in Northern Europe: History, Processes & Functions

In this lesson, you will explore the history of printmaking as an art form in Northern Europe and discover how this influenced Northern European art. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Origins of the Myth of the Mad Artist

11. The Origins of the Myth of the Mad Artist

In this lesson, you will explore the myth of the mad artist. We'll also discover how this stereotype about creative genius came to be. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Isenheim Altarpiece: Iconography, Function & Context

12. The Isenheim Altarpiece: Iconography, Function & Context

In this lesson, you will explore the iconography and design of the Isenheim Altarpiece. You will discover how it was tailored to meet the needs of its monastery.

Comparing Northern 16th-Century and High Renaissance Painting

13. Comparing Northern 16th-Century and High Renaissance Painting

What was the difference between art of Northern Europe and the High Renaissance in the 16th century? Discover the techniques, styles, and goals of each artistic movement, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

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