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
Paula Findlen is Professor of Italian History at Stanford University. She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Nelson Prize from the Renaissance Society of America. Her previous publications include Possessing Nature: Museums, Collecting, and Scientific Culture in Early Modern Italy (1994), for which she was awarded the 1995 Marraro Prize and the 1996 Pfizer Prize; Merchants and Marvels (2001) with Pamela Smith; and Beyond Florence (2003) with Michelle Fontaine and Duane Osheim. Her most recent book, A Fragmentary Past: The Making of Museums and the Making of the Renaissance, will appear shortly.
Table of Contents
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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).