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The Protestant Reformation had a huge impact on the visual
arts in Northern European art. One of the major changes was that religious
imagery was no longer the major feature in art. Iconoclasm took over as
protestant reformers encouraged the removal of religious images. Many churches
were no longer commissioning religious art for display because it was believed
that religious imagery was distracting and could lead to idolatry. The
patrons of the north became more interested in secular concepts and ideas, and
they also wanted their messages about morality to be portrayed in
less religious ways. The Reformation led
artists to seek patrons outside of the church.
Several different types of subject matter were sought after during this
time. There became a high demand for
small paintings which contained secular subject matter. Landscapes are
an example of subject matter which was sought after, this type of artwork
was considered appropriate enough to be placed on one’s home.
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