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The Renaissance outside the Italian peninsula

The Renaissance outside the Italian peninsula


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Artists and their works

The Renaissance expanded to other European countries, adopting local peculiarities that gave the movement different characteristics in each region of the continent.

The following are the main features of the Renaissance in other regions of Europe besides the Italian peninsula:

  • Netherlands: In the field of literature and philosophy, Rotterdam Erasmus (1466-1536). Christian and moralist, he was considered one of the most illustrious humanists of the Renaissance. He violently criticized the society of his time in the work Praise of madness. In painting deserves highlight Jan Van Eyck (1390 - 1441).


Erasmus of Rotterdam (portrait of Hans Holbein the Younger)

  • France: Among the French Renaissance deserve mention François de Rabelais (1494 - 1555), who in his books satirized monarchy and Christianity, and Michel de Montaigne (1533 - 1592), philosopher and moralist, author of Essay.


François de Rabelais

  • England: The main representative of the Renaissance was William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616). (link to Shakespeare)


William Shakespeare

  • Spain: In painting the exponent was El greco (1548 - 1625) Among his most important paintings are The burial of the Count of Orgaz and Adoration of the shepherds. El Greco was Greek, but spent his life in the city of Toledo, near Madrid. In the Spanish Renaissance literature, it stands out Miguel de Cervantes (1547 - 1616), author of Don Quixote de la Mancha.


Caption: The burial of the Count of Orgaz, one of the most expressive works of the Greek-Spanish painter El Greco.