The 15th Century is the period between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Artists such as Van Eyck realized many paintings which are still recognized. Van Eyck went in many European countries in order to get inspired by other artists of his time. He was the one who gave up profile portrait for three quarters view portraits.
In the early 16th Century, Italian painters had a strong influence on Dutch painting. The 16th Century and the 17th Century were those of the great Dutch painters: Pieter Brueghel the Elder, born in 1525 perfectly represented the transition between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance of artistic point of view: he was one of the first painters to be interested in the world and the discovery of human beings, and less in religion as it was the case in Medieval art. He preferred to represent the peasant rather than the prince.
But other artists such as Rembrandt and Vermeer are still considered as famous Renaissance painters: both were great names of Dtuch painting of the 18th Century, and made great masterpieces as "The Milkmaid’ by Vermeer and "The Night Watch" by Rembrandt.
We can also mention among the Dutch painters Rubens and Jordaens, two other big names of Dutch painting. Jordaens, a painter of the 17th Century was master of the Guild of St. Luke. Rubens, meanwhile, was the official court painter of the Spanish Netherlands.