Visual History of the World




From Prehistoric to Romanesque  Art
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Visual History of the World
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Dictionary of Art and Artists


The Early Modern Period

16th - 18th century


The smooth transition from the Middle Ages to the Modern Age is conventionally fixed on such events as the Reformation and the discovery of the "New World," which brought about the emergence of a new image of man and his world. Humanism, which spread out of Italy, also made an essential contribution to this with its promotion of a critical awareness of Christianity and the Church. The Reformation eventually broke the all-embracing power of the Church. After the Thirty Years' War, the concept of a universal empire was also nullified. The era of the nation-state began, bringing with it the desire to build up political and economic power far beyond Europe. The Americas, Africa, and Asia provided regions of expansion for the Europeans.

Proportions of the Human Figure by Leonardo da Vinci (drawing, ca. 1490)
is a prime example of the new approach of Renaissance
artists and scientists to the anatomy of the human body.



Bosch's Monsters





see also:


Revelations. Devil Art of the Apocalypse




Alchemy & Mysticism. The Hermetic Cabinet




Hieronymus Bosch


"The master of the monstrous..."

Carl Gustav Jung



Death and the Miser
c. 1490


The Seven Deadly Sins (detail)
c. 1480


Triptych of Last Judgement
Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Vienna 


Triptych of Last Judgement. Last Judgement (central panel - detail)
Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Vienna


Triptych of Last Judgement. Last Judgement.
Frying Bodies
(central panel - detail)


Triptych of Last Judgement. Last Judgement.
The Cask
(central panel - detail)


Triptych of Last Judgement. Last Judgement.
A Musical Scene
(central panel - detail)


Triptych of Last Judgement. Last Judgement.
The Urn
(central panel - detail)



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