High Renaissance and Mannerism in Northern Europe and Spain
A continuation of our discussion of the Northern Renaissance, Module 5 discusses artwork within the backdrop of the the Protestant Reformation. As it began to spread throughout northern Europe, many religious icons were destroyed because of their suggested religious connotations. The invention of the printing press gave way to many woodcuts and engravings were produced to educate the masses and disseminate Protestant theology. France and Spain remained both predominantly Catholic countries even though the Protestant Reformation held a powerful sway over much of northern Europe.