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Late 15th Century Collection

"Exploring the Late 15th Century: A Glimpse into Art, Politics

Background imageLate 15th Century Collection: Christ Appearing to His Mother, c1440. Artist: Rogier Van der Weyden

Christ Appearing to His Mother, c1440. Artist: Rogier Van der Weyden
Christ Appearing to His Mother, c1496. The scene on the right panel of the Miraflores Altarpiece is the only one in this altarpiece that illustrates two events at once

Background imageLate 15th Century Collection: Upper Paneling from a Sacristy Armoire, c. 1460-1475. Creator: Giuliano da Maiano (Italian

Upper Paneling from a Sacristy Armoire, c. 1460-1475. Creator: Giuliano da Maiano (Italian
Upper Paneling from a Sacristy Armoire, c. 1460-1475. The imagery on the inset panels is the result of a technique known as intarsia

Background imageLate 15th Century Collection: Virgin and Child, c. 1490-1500. Creator: Pintoricchio (Italian, c. 1454-1513)

Virgin and Child, c. 1490-1500. Creator: Pintoricchio (Italian, c. 1454-1513)
Virgin and Child, c. 1490-1500. Bernardino di Betto, called Pinturicchio, is said to have acquired his nickname (" little painter" ) because of his small stature

Background imageLate 15th Century Collection: The Ravisher, c. 1495. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)

The Ravisher, c. 1495. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)
The Ravisher, c. 1495. The Ravisher portrays a chaotic struggle between a woman and Death, personified here as a wild-eyed corpse-like man

Background imageLate 15th Century Collection: The Little Courier, c. 1496. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)

The Little Courier, c. 1496. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)
The Little Courier, c. 1496

Background imageLate 15th Century Collection: Tarquinius Priscus Entering Rome, c. 1470. Creator: Jacopo del Sellaio (Italian, c

Tarquinius Priscus Entering Rome, c. 1470. Creator: Jacopo del Sellaio (Italian, c
Tarquinius Priscus Entering Rome, c. 1470. Originally the front of a bridal chest, this panel was later removed and framed like a painting

Background imageLate 15th Century Collection: Ship of Fools, after 1497. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)

Ship of Fools, after 1497. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)
Ship of Fools, after 1497

Background imageLate 15th Century Collection: Mandala, late 15th century. Creator: Unknown

Mandala, late 15th century. Creator: Unknown
Mandala, late 15th century. A mandala is a two-dimensional diagram of a palatial structure, viewed from above. This mandala depicts the abode of the four-headed

Background imageLate 15th Century Collection: Mother and Child with Two Dogs, late 1400s. Creator: Unknown

Mother and Child with Two Dogs, late 1400s. Creator: Unknown
Mother and Child with Two Dogs, late 1400s

Background imageLate 15th Century Collection: Orphrey Band, late 1400s. Creator: Unknown

Orphrey Band, late 1400s. Creator: Unknown
Orphrey Band, late 1400s

Background imageLate 15th Century Collection: Hours of Queen Isabella the Catholic, Queen of Spain, c

Hours of Queen Isabella the Catholic, Queen of Spain, c. 1500. A great lover of Flemish art, Queen Isabella treasured her many devotional books

Background imageLate 15th Century Collection: Three Peasants in Conversation, c. 1497. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)

Three Peasants in Conversation, c. 1497. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)
Three Peasants in Conversation, c. 1497

Background imageLate 15th Century Collection: Creator: Master of the First Prayerbook of Maximillian (Flemish, c. 1444-1519); Associates

Creator: Master of the First Prayerbook of Maximillian (Flemish, c. 1444-1519); Associates
Hours of Queen Isabella the Catholic, Queen of Spain: Fol. 80v, Virgin & Christ with Angels, c. 1500. This manuscript was illuminated by a circle of at least five highly organized manuscript painters

Background imageLate 15th Century Collection: The Kings Sons Shooting at their Dead Fathers Body, 1495-1504

The Kings Sons Shooting at their Dead Fathers Body, 1495-1504

Background imageLate 15th Century Collection: Door and Frame, late 1400s. Creator: Unknown

Door and Frame, late 1400s. Creator: Unknown
Door and Frame, late 1400s. This elaborately carved door and frame was intended for use in a protected interior space as suggested by the delicate open tracery above and its use of polychromy

Background imageLate 15th Century Collection: Hours of Queen Isabella the Catholic, Queen of Spain: Fol. 147v, c. 1500. Creator

Hours of Queen Isabella the Catholic, Queen of Spain: Fol. 147v, c. 1500. Creator
Hours of Queen Isabella the Catholic, Queen of Spain: Fol. 147v, c. 1500. This manuscript was illuminated by a circle of at least five highly organized manuscript painters active in the Flemish

Background imageLate 15th Century Collection: Design for a Candelabrum, Allegorical Figure of Abundance, Ornamental Relief Design, c

Design for a Candelabrum, Allegorical Figure of Abundance, Ornamental Relief Design, c. 1490s

Background imageLate 15th Century Collection: Dartmouth Castle, Devon, England, seen here in the 19th century. The castle is an artillery fort

Dartmouth Castle, Devon, England, seen here in the 19th century. The castle is an artillery fort, built in the late 15th century to protect Dartmouth harbour



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"Exploring the Late 15th Century: A Glimpse into Art, Politics, and Society" Step back in time to the late 15th century as we delve into a world of remarkable cultural and historical significance. From magnificent architectural feats to captivating artworks, this era offers a fascinating glimpse into the past. One notable example is the Cathedral of Florence's dome plan and cut. Designed during the 16th century, this drawing showcases the intricate craftsmanship that went into creating this iconic structure. Moving on to art, Francesco di Giorgio Martini's "The Sacred Exchange between Saint Francis and Lady Poverty" captivates with its vibrant tempera colors. Painted in 1480, it depicts a profound spiritual encounter that resonates even today. In another masterpiece from this period, we find "The Transfiguration. " This stunning fresco portrays Christ surrounded by Moses and Elijah while apostles John, Peter, and James witness this divine moment unfold before their eyes. Shifting our focus to societal customs depicted through engravings, we encounter an intriguing scene titled "The Bishop of Tournai receiving the tithe of beer. " This artwork from the 15th century sheds light on medieval practices surrounding taxation and commerce. Jan HOUWENS' engraving takes us further down history's path as it imagines an imaginary meeting between reformist leaders such as John Calvin and Martin Luther. Their ideas would shape religious movements for centuries to come. Political events also take center stage in our exploration. The offer of kingship made to Richard Duke of Gloucester at Baynards Castle in London provides insight into power struggles during these turbulent times. Delving deeper into intellectual pursuits, a marble tile depicting Pythagoras and Euclid reminds us of ancient wisdom preserved throughout generations. These influential figures continue to inspire scholars even today. Religious devotion finds expression in chromolitho prints like "Gloria in excelsis Deo.