Hardly any other epoch of art is characterised by such radical changes as the late Gothic period in the 15th century. Inspired by Dutch models, light and shadow, body and space were increasingly depicted in a realistic way. Everyday life enters the arts.
The invention of printing technology led to an unprecedented spread of images and texts. Artists such as Nicolaus Gerhaert and Martin Schongauer achieved national fame and influenced the development of the visual arts throughout Europe across all genres.