Flemish Renaissance painters utilized malleable oil paints and often favored panel paintings (from altarpieces to small portraits) while Italian Renaissance artists worked with tempera, a water-based pigment that dried rapidly. The boldness of the colors in The Annunciation is the result of...
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...enaissance art and Italian Renaissance art is identifiable. While the Flemish were proficient in oil painting, Italian Renaissance artists continued their predecessor’s use of tempera. Furthermore, the paintings were ultimately created for different purposes and separate viewers. Although both works are centered on the defining moment of the annunciation, The Merode Altarpiece incorporates this scene into a secular setting, therefore differing from Fra Angelico’s The Annunciation which was painted for a monastery. Finally, Flemish and Italian Renaissance paintings differ in levels of realism. Although the Flemish painters were skilled in portraying realism of physical forms, they lacked a full understanding of linear perspective. In contrast, the Italian Renaissance artists were well versed in linear perspective but lacked a complete grasp of the natural world.
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