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The Italian Renaissance: The Essential Readings / Edition 1
     

The Italian Renaissance: The Essential Readings / Edition 1

by Paula Findlen
 

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ISBN-10: 0631222820

ISBN-13: 9780631222828

Pub. Date: 11/18/2002

Publisher: Wiley

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631222828
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/18/2002
Series:
Blackwell Essential Readings in History Series
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Cover Illustrationvii
List of Illustrationsviii
Acknowledgmentsx
Part IIntroduction1
1Understanding the Italian Renaissance4
Part IIWas There a Renaissance State?41
2Civic Traditions in Premodern Italy47
3Cosimo de' Medici: Pater Patriae or Padrino?64
Part IIIUrban Life and Values91
4"Kin, Friends, and Neighbors": The Urban Territory of a Merchant Family in 140097
5Sumptuary Law and Social Relations in Renaissance Italy124
6The Virgin on the Street Corner: The Place of the Sacred in Italian Cities151
Part IVGender and Society167
7"The Most Serious Duty": Motherhood, Gender, and Patrician Culture in Renaissance Venice173
8Gender and Sexual Culture in Renaissance Italy192
Part VThe Power of Knowledge213
9Petrarch's Conception of the "Dark Ages"219
10Commerce with the Classics237
11Isotta Nogarola: Women Humanists--Education for What?273
Part VIPatronage, Art, and Culture293
12Heroes and Their Workshops: Medici Patronage and the Problem of Shared Agency299
13The Court Lady's Dilemma: Isabella d'Este and Art Collecting in the Renaissance317
Index341

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