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Thirteen of the most important critical essays on the Italian Renaissance are brought together in this volume. Designed to introduce readers to both recent and classical interpretations, the collection provides an ideal starting point for study of this period.

Topics covered include the structures of power, urban life and values, gender, family and society, the power of knowledge, and patronage and art. Taken together, the readings illuminate the origins, course and outcome of the Italian Renaissance.

Editorial introductions and annotations to each essay provide a helpful framework for students engaging with critical aspects of the subject for the first time. An overall introduction discusses the themes and approaches that have dominated the recent historiography of the Renaissance, as well as the debates about how to define the Renaissance and its relationship to Italy; it also considers different approaches to the ‘end’ of the Renaissance.

Synopsis:

Thirteen of the most important critical essays on the Italian Renaissance are brought together in this volume. Designed to introduce readers to both recent and classical interpretations, the collection provides an ideal starting point for study of this period.

Synopsis:

Thirteen of the most important critical essays on the Italian Renaissance are brought together in this volume.

Synopsis:

Thirteen of the most important critical essays on the Italian Renaissance are brought together in this volume.

  • Brings together critical essays on the Italian Renaissance.

  • Provides an ideal starting point for non-specialists studying this period.

  • Includes new research as well as classic interpretations.

  • Editorial apparatus helps students to engage with the material.

About the Author

‘These are indeed the essential readings for anyone who wants to understand how contemporary scholarship has recast and reinterpreted this pivotal period in human history. Wide ranging and provocative, this exploration of the Italian Renaissance fascination with the Ancients, God, and strong leaders is underpinned by a sophisticated appreciation for the fragile foundations of society in gender relations, the intimacy of family life, and the bonds of neighborhood and community.’ Edward Muir, Northwestern University <!--end-->

‘This volume brings together classic, brilliant articles that were formative of present understandings of Italian Renaissance culture. Given Paula Findlen’s lively, engaging introduction, it will be an invaluable source for teaching.’ Carol Lansing, University of California, Santa Barbara

Table of Contents

Cover Illustration.

List of Illustrations.

Acknowledgements.

Part I: Introduction.

1. Understanding the Italian Renaissance. (Paula Findlen).

Part II: Was there a Renaissance State?.

2 Civil Traditions in Premodern Italy. (Gene Brucker).

3 Cosimo de'Medici. Pater Patriae or Padrino?. (Anthony Molho).

Part III: Urban Life and Values.

4 'Kins, Friends and Neighbors': The Urban Territory of a Merchant Family in 1400. (Christiane Klapisch Zuber).

5 Sumptuary Law and Social Relations in Renaissance Italy. (Diane Owen Hughes).

6 The Virgin on the Street Corner: The Place of the Sacred in Italian Cities. (Edward Muir).

Part IV: Gender and Society.

7 'The Most Serious Duty'. Motherhood, Gender and Patrician Culture in Early Renaissance Venice. (Stanley Chojnacki).

8 Gender and Sexual Culture in Renaissance Italy. (Michael Rocke).

Part V: The Power of Knowledge.

9 Petrach's Conception of the 'Dark Ages'. (Theodor Mommsen).

10 Commerce with the Classics. (Anthony Grafton).

11 Isotta Nogarola: Women Humanists - Education for What? (Lisa Jardine).

Part VI: Patronage, Art and Culture.

12 Haroes and Their Workshops: Medici Patronage and the Problem of Shared Agency. (Melissa Meriam Bullard).

13 The Court Lady's Dilemma. Isabella d'Este and Art Collecting in the Renaissance. (Rose Marie San Juan).

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780631222835
Editor:
Findlen, Paula
Publisher:
John Wiley & Sons
Editor:
Findlen, Paula
Author:
Findlen, Paula
Author:
Findlen
Location:
Malden, MA
Subject:
Italy
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Europe - Italy
Subject:
Renaissance
Subject:
Modern - 18th Century
Subject:
Italy Civilization 1268-1559.
Subject:
Renaissance -- Italy -- Historiography.
Subject:
World History-Italy
Subject:
Renaissance History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Blackwell essential readings in history
Series Volume:
00-4057
Publication Date:
October 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.04x6.08x1.11 in. 1.24 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Thirteen of the most important critical essays on the Italian Renaissance are brought together in this volume. Designed to introduce readers to both recent and classical interpretations, the collection provides an ideal starting point for study of this period.
"Synopsis" by , Thirteen of the most important critical essays on the Italian Renaissance are brought together in this volume.
"Synopsis" by , Thirteen of the most important critical essays on the Italian Renaissance are brought together in this volume.

  • Brings together critical essays on the Italian Renaissance.

  • Provides an ideal starting point for non-specialists studying this period.

  • Includes new research as well as classic interpretations.

  • Editorial apparatus helps students to engage with the material.

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