Presentation on theme: "The Northern Renaissance"— Presentation transcript:
1The Northern Renaissance In the 1400s, northern Europeans began to adapt the ideas of the Renaissance that began in Italy.
2The Northern Renaissance Begins Merchants from Italy began to carry the ideas of the Renaissance as they traveled into western Europe. Scholars were impressed by the humanist ideas and artists began to study in Italian cities.
3France and EnglandThe ravages of the Bubonic Plague had greatly decreased the population of western Europe.The Hundred Years Was had devastated the land. As a result, there was a shift from rural to urban life.Cities grew rapidly, merchants became wealthy and the traditional feudal system was broken.
4The Monarchs and the Renaissance At this time, both France and England were unified nations under single monarchs where Italy was a combination of independent city-states.It was the rulers of France and England that sponsored the artists emerging in Northern Europe. They sponsored many Italian artists.The royal courts played an important role in bringing the Renaissance ideas into northern Europe.
5Secular and Non-secular Renewal The northern Renaissance, while inspired by Italy, took a different path. The Italian Renaissance was based on humanism (the expression of human achievement) while the northern Renaissance remained devoted to Christian values.
6Artistic Ideas SpreadIn 1494, a French king claimed the throne of Naples and launched an attack through northern Italy.As a result of the turmoil, many artists and writers left Italy for a safer life in northern Europe. They took their artistic ideas with them.
7Germanic PaintersAlbrect Dürer produced woodcuts and engravings that portrayed religious subjects.He also created prints that portrayed classical myths.He emphasized realism in his work.
8Hans HolbeinHolbein produced paintings with nearly a photographic quality. He specialized in painting the portraits of nobles and kings.
16Pieter BruegelBruegel produced paintings that portrayed everyday events including peasant life, weddings, dances, harvests and the changing of the seasons.His paintings often illustrated proverbs or moral lessons.
18Northern Writers Try to Reform Society The reform attempted in northern Europe differed from that of Italy in that the reforms were based in Christian values.The reformers in northern Europe became known as “Christian Humanists”.
19Christian HumanistsDesiderius Erasmus, of Holland, wrote a book, The Praise of Folly, that poked fun at greedy merchants, heartsick lovers, quarrelsome scholars and pompous priests.He believed that Christianity dwelled in the hearts of man, not in the ceremonies performed in the name of Christianity.He believed that society would improve if people would read and live according to the Bible.
20Thomas More More was concerned with the flaws he saw in society. He wrote a book, “Utopia”, where greed, corruption, war and crime were weeded out of society.
21Francois RebelaisRebelais provided an alternative to More and Erasmus. He wrote about how humans are by nature good but that they are quickly made to feel guilty about seeking earthy pleasures.He believed that people should live by their instincts rather that by religious rules.
22William ShakespeareShakespeare was a famous English playwright who had an uncanny understanding of human beings.He revealed the souls of men and women through his dramas and tragedies.He also used comedy to poke fun at the flaws in society.
23The Elizabethan AgeQueen Elizabeth I was an educated woman who could speak French, Latin, Italian and Greek.She was a poet as well as head of state.She embodied the attributes of a Renaissance Woman.
24Printing Spreads Renaissance Ideas In 1045, movable type was invented in China. Through contact with Asia, the Europeans were exposed to new printing techniques.
25Johann GutenbergIn 1440, Gutenberg adapted the Chinese movable print techniques.He invented the printing press, a machine that presses paper against a tray full of linked movable type. This invention allowed for very quick printing of multiple copies of text.
27Gutenberg BibleThe first book that was mass produced on Gutenberg’s printing press was the Gutenberg Bible in 1455.
28Printing Spreads Learning The printing press revolutionized learning in northern Europe because the press made printing inexpensive.Regular people were now able to afford to buy books.By 1500, over 10 million books had been printed and sold throughout Europe.
29Writing in the Local Language Ideas began to spread rapidly as writers wrote in a language the local people could understand.People began to educate themselves in reading and writing.
30Interpretation Leads to Conflict The best seller even back in the 14th Century was the Bible. It was written in many local languages.As people began to read the Bible, which before this was read to them in Latin by the priests, they began to interpret the Bible for themselves.This lead to criticism of the Church and the clergy and eventually led to major religious reform.