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The Adoration of the Lamb, Saint-Bavo's Cathedral

The main theme of the work is the glorification of man's salvation by the sacrifice of Christ. The subject is less dramatic and narrative then those of Italy, more visionary in its manner.

Influences from Italy

Although Early Netherlandish art developed at the same time as the Early Italian Renaissance it remains distinct from it. The works of the Flemish artists influenced and were influenced by the Renaissance painters of Italy. The international importance of cities like Bruges and the fact that many artists at this time travelled around Italy meant the transference of ideas was highly likely. It appears that during the 15th century the current of influence tended to flow from the Netherland region into Italy, rather then the other way round. This is demonstrated by the Hugo van der Goes's Portinari Altarpiece, which was brought to Florence in 1483, and which played a role in introducing the Florentine artists to trends from the north.

Hugo van der Goes's Portinari Altarpiece arrived in Florence, 1483, Web Gallery of Art, Uffizi.

Likewise the influence of Italy was increasingly felt during this period. The spirit of Flemish art was heavily Italianised with the work of Jan Gossaert, more commonly known as Mabuse, whose work bore heavy influence of Leonardo Di Vinci and Michelangelo.


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