Usually known as International Gothic, this was an elegant variant of Gothic art which was current in Western Europe between c. 1375 and c. 1425. Both are characterized by their emphasis on decoration, pattern and colour.

Lacking a coherent theory of perspective, figures and objects in Gothic art are usually arranged for decorative effect rather than to give the impression that they inhabit “real” space.  Distortions of size and scale are common in all forms of Gothic art.  The most typical feature is the tendency to give central figures, such as kings, queens, Christ or the Virgn Mary, larger bodies than others, considered less important ones.

Like most movements of its time, it focus on religious and divine matters.  It is also described as “self-conscious” in comparison to the art of the Renaissance; at its best, international Gothic style combines decorative designs, rich colors, and poetic details, often with lavish use of gold.

Some of the Artists:

  • Fra Angelico
  • Jacopo Di Cione
  • Gentile De Fabriano
  • Limbourg Brothers
  • Lorenzo Monaco
  • Giovanni Dei Grassi
  • Pisanello
  • Giovanni Dal Ponte