From 15th Century To 16th Century
The 15th and 16th centuries were a time of great change in the world of art. Artists began to experiment with new techniques and subjects, and a new era of art began. The Renaissance, as it is known, was a time of great creativity, and the art that was produced during this time is some of the most iconic and influential in history. If you're interested in learning more about this period in art history, there are plenty of resources available to help you get started.
Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints
This painting was created by Raphael around 1504-5.
It hung in a part of the church reserved for the nuns.
The nuns sold their painting in 1678.
Madonna and Child
The painting depicts a group of figures separated from the viewer by a parapet.
The figures are looking at the viewer and have their gazes engaged with the viewer.
The painting is a metaphor for death and rebirth.
Virgin and Child in an Apse
Next to Jan van Eyck, Robert Campin was one of the founders of early Netherlandish painting.
This picture is among the earliest of over sixty variants that attest to the burgeoning cult of the Virgin during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in the Burgundian Netherlands.
The Martyrdom of Saint John the Baptist
This panel once formed the right wing of an altarpiece dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, the left wing of which is nearby.
Recounted in biblical texts of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, this pendant shows the martyrdom of the saint.
John had been thrown into prison by King Herod for preaching against the latter's decision to marry his brother's wife, Herodias.
Scheming with her mother to get rid of John, Salome danced seductively before Herod, thereafter demanding the head of John the Baptist as a reward.
Herod reluctantly agreed, and the head of Saint John was delivered to Salome on a platter.
Saint John the Baptist; Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata
The painting is a rare pairing of John the Baptist and Saint Francis.
The painting could have been commissioned by an Italian merchant in Bruges.
The painting could have been originally the wings of a triptych, and could have flanked a Crucifixion or a Lamentation.
Virgin and Child with Four Angels
Gerard David was the leading painter in Bruges in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries.
He followed the legacy of Jan van Eyck.
Page of Calligraphy from an Anthology of Poetry by Sa`di and Hafiz
This folio, copied by Sultan 'Ali Mashhadi - a renowned master of nasta'liq script - once formed part of an anthology of Persian poetry including selections from the works of Sa'di and Hafiz.
It was common practice for valuable manuscripts to be remounted within new margins whether for aesthetic or preservation reasons.
The folios of this highly treasured fifteenth‑century manuscript were remounted in the sixteenth century within colored margin papers beautifully painted with diverse scenes in silver and gold.