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Art of the Western World: The Early Renaissance in Florence/The Early Renaissance in Northern Europe.

Covers the revival and reinterpretation of the classical tradition in the works of Florentine artists Masaccio, Donatello, and Ghiberti. Discusses how these artists exemplify the merging of Christian and humanistic values. Examines the realism of Jan van Eyck and the spiritual crisis of northern Europe as revealed in Gruenwald's Isenheim altarpiece. Also discusses the spirit of the Renaissance as reflected in Albrecht Durer's work. Features experts John White and Colin Eisler. 1989. 30 min.
View this series online (via Annenberg/CPB).