The Early Modern World, C. 1300–1600

Northern European Renaissance

What is the International Gothic style of painting?

International Gothic is a term used to describe a highly stylized form of painting popular in Europe between the late fourteenth century and early fifteenth century, which greatly influenced the art of the Northern Renaissance. It is most closely associated with the art of Bohemia, France, and the Holy Roman Empire. International Gothic styles were less popular in Italy, especially southern Italy. Paintings done in the International Gothic style feature graceful, elongated figures and extensive use of lines. While flat compared to art of the Italian Renaissance, International Gothic paintings do feature more realistic details, some use of perspective, and an emphasis on setting and landscape.


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