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Northern Renaissance? Burgundy And Netherlandish Art In Fifteenth-Century Europe

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This chapter addresses the usefulness of the widespread concept of the Northern Renaissance. This will inevitably involve an examination of the more general concept of the Renaissance, but this will be considered in the context of the relationship between North and South in fifteenth-century Europe. The chapter shows that the history of the book, of book collecting and of library formation can shed new light on more general problems in cultural history. In common with Huizinga, the chapter focuses on Burgundian culture in questioning the concept of a Northern Renaissance and takes a recent book on the same subject as a starting point: Marina Belozerskayas 2002 study Rethinking the Renaissance. Many recent authors have emphasised the interdependence of the two artistic spheres, andmore generallyof the urban societies of the Southern Netherlands and Northern Italy. Traditionally the pre-eminent fields of study in fifteenth-century culture concern the fine arts, and classical philology.

Keywords: Burgundian culture; fifteenth-century Europe; Northern renaissance; Southern Netherlands



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