Renaissance painting began in Florence around 1420 (Early Renaissance, 1420-1500), reached its peak at the beginning of the 16th century (High Renaissance, 1500-1520) and continued to have an effect in its later period alongside Mannerism, which emerged around 1520/1530. From the turn of the 16th century, Renaissance forms were taken up by all European countries and modified according to their traditions.
Artistic painting is mainly found as paintings of churches and monasteries and their altarpieces. Portraits, landscapes, everyday scenes and still lifes were added as art paintings very late in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Renaissance painting is the aesthetic epitome of grace and form on which much of the norms of modernity are based. Its influence on the painting of later generations was overwhelming. The main working techniques as well as the usual choice of subjects and their mode of representation matured and were developed in that age.