Art Styles – Romanesque to Renaissance

Art Styles – Romanesque to Renaissance

I wanted to get my head round all the art styles that have come and gone through the ages, so I’ve put together a summary for people like me who like to keep things brief and superficial. The pictures are nice though.

I’ve started at the Romanesque period.

Romanesque – about 1000 AD to 1200AD

The artists in this period used mainly primary colours (because they didn’t have any others), had very little depth, and (like me) didn’t like landscape backgrounds….

Jan van Eyck

Jan van Eyck

Seventy odd years before Leonardo and Michelangelo did their thing, Jan van Eyck was doing stuff with paint you wouldn’t believe.

Van Eyck painted some of the most realistic paintings ever seen at the time. Take a look at the The Arnolfini Portrait painted in 1434.