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The 15th Century in Northern Europe: Sacred and Secular Space When we speak of northern Europe, we are not speaking of a single nation- state but regions which eventually become distinct nations and which, to a degree, were already separate kingdoms prior to the 15th century. As your book points out, this does account for some of the differences we’ll find since political factors may be competing with piety or religion in the creation of northern art. It is also the case that parts of northern Europe see the rise of a middle class of merchants and tradesmen in the 15th century while other parts remain dominated by kingdoms and aristocrats. The Rise of the True Portrait in Northern Europe Given the increasing tendency to make the setting of the religious scene resemble the home of the patron, it may not be that surprising to find that the donors of these altarpieces and frescoes wanted their portraits to be included as well. The portraits by Hans Memling of the Portinaris are so precise and accurate in their depiction of the physiognomies and facial features that we are able to identify the Portinaris in paintings by other
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