Renaissance art developed in Italy around 1400 and spread its influence across Europe, reaching a peak in the early sixteenth century. Founded on classical techniques, the renaissance period was seen as a ‘rebirth’ and combined traditions with a contemporary approach to art. It was in this period that the first real use of perspective in painting can be seen. Religious and mythological themes were highly popular; voluptuous angels appear regularly. Some of the most famous artists of the period are Botticelli, da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Holbein and van Eyck.