The Renaissance

Author: Walter Pater
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486146485
Release Date: 2013-03-21
Genre: Art

Pater's graceful essays discuss the achievements of Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and other artists. The book concludes with an uncompromising advocacy of hedonism, urging readers to experience life as fully as possible.

Studies in Italian Renaissance diplomatic history

Author: Vincent Ilardi
Publisher: Variorum Publishing
ISBN: UOM:39015040800412
Release Date: 1986
Genre: History

These articles are principally concerned with the diplomatic and political history of Italy in the second half of the 15th century, and focus on Milan and its relations with contemporary powers in Italy and abroad. Professor Ilardi aims to illustrate the leading role played by the Sforza dukes of Milan, notably Francesco Sforza, and contends that Milan, not Venice, was the cradle of modern diplomacy. His work rests on a detailed study of the hitherto little exploited diplomatic correspondence in the archives of Milan and other cities, described in one of the articles; another two demonstrate the value of these documents in throwing light on quite unexpected aspects of Renaissance live, such as the use of eye-glasses or the techniques of cattle husbandry. He also assesses the feelings of 'italianitą' still prevailing in the early 16th century, after the breakdown of Italian statesmanship had opened the country to foreign invaders. Two of the studies are published here for the first time.

The Renaissance Studies in Art and Poetry

Author: Walter Horatio Pater
ISBN: 9781291461619
Release Date: 2013-06
Genre: Art

Pater's graceful essays discuss the achievements of Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and other artists. The book concludes with an uncompromising advocacy of hedonism, urging readers to experience life as fully as possible. His cry of "art for art's sake" became the manifesto of the Aesthetic Movement, and his assessments of Renaissance art have influenced generations of readers.

The Renaissance

Author: Robert Black
ISBN: 0415361974
Release Date: 2006

Follows contemporary historical thought on the movement by returning to the concepts and terminology used by Renaissance contemporaries themselves.

From Byzantium to Italy

Author: N. G. Wilson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781474250481
Release Date: 2016-11-17
Genre: Literary Collections

Which famous poet treasured his copy of Homer, but could never learn Greek? What prompted diplomats to circulate a speech by Demosthenes – in Latin translation – when the Turks threatened to invade Europe? Why would enthusiastic Florentines crowd a lecture on the Roman Neoplatonist Plotinus, but underestimate the importance of Plato himself? Having all but disappeared during the Middle Ages, classical Greek would recover a position of importance – eventually equal to that of classical Latin - only after a series of surprising failures, chance encounters, and false starts. This important study of the rediscovery and growing influence of classical Greek scholarship in Italy from the 14th to the early 16th centuries is brought up to date in a new edition that reflects on the recent developments in the field of classical reception studies, and contains fully up-to-date references to aid students and scholars. From a leading authority on Greek palaeography in the English-speaking world, here is a complete account of the historic rediscovery of Greek philosophy, language and literature during the Renaissance, brought up-to-date for a modern audience of classicists, historians, and students and scholars of reception studies and the Classical Tradition.

The Renaissance in Scotland

Author: A. Alasdair A. MacDonald
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004100970
Release Date: 1994
Genre: History

"The Renaissance in Scotland" contains original essays on the following topics of cultural history: literature; manuscripts and printed books; libraries; law; universities; music; education; social, political and ecclesiastical history. It offers fresh interpretations of many aspects of the age of humanism and reform, as this impinged on Scotland.

Medieval and Renaissance Famagusta

Author: Peter W. Edbury
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781351918640
Release Date: 2016-12-05
Genre: Art

There was a time seven centuries ago when Famagusta's wealth and renown could be compared to that of Venice or Constantinople. The Cathedral of St Nicholas in the main square of Famagusta, serving as the coronation place for the Crusader Kings of Jerusalem after the fall of Acre in 1291, symbolised both the sophistication and permanence of the French society that built it. From the port radiated impressive commercial activity with the major Mediterranean trade centres, generating legendary wealth, cosmopolitanism, and hedonism, unsurpassed in the Levant. These halcyon days were not to last, however, and a 15th century observer noted that, following the Genoese occupation of the city, 'a malignant devil has become jealous of Famagusta'. When Venice inherited the city, it reconstructed the defences and had some success in revitalising the city's economy. But the end for Venetian Famagusta came in dramatic fashion in 1571, following a year long siege by the Ottomans. Three centuries of neglect followed which, combined with earthquakes, plague and flooding, left the city in ruins. The essays collected in this book represent a major contribution to the study of Medieval and Renaissance Famagusta and its surviving art and architecture and also propose a series of strategies for preserving the city's heritage in the future. They will be of particular interest to students and scholars of Gothic, Byzantine and Renaissance art and architecture, and to those of the Crusades and the Latin East, as well as the Military Orders. After an introductory chapter surveying the history of Famagusta and its position in the cultural mosaic that is the Eastern Mediterranean, the opening section provides a series of insights into the history and historiography of the city. There follow chapters on the churches and their decoration, as well as the military architecture, while the final section looks at the history of conservation efforts and assesses the work that now needs to be done.

Renaissance War Studies

Author: J. R. Hale
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9780826497925
Release Date: 1983-07-01
Genre: History

Beginning with the chapters on warfare in the first three volumes of the New Cambridge Modern History, Sir John Hale's writings on the subject present an original and rich assessment of war's place in Renaissance life and thought. The first section of this collection constitutes a major contribution to the study of Renaissance fortifications, their design, planning and execution, and their political as well as their military significance. The second deals with the recruitment and training of officers and men. In the third, contemporary reactions to war are analysed in a variety of social and intellectual contexts. The archival and literary sources drawn on are primarily Italian, in the second place English, but the imaginative scene is that of western Europe as a whole.

Victorian Literature

Author: Victor Shea
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118329023
Release Date: 2014-11-11
Genre: Literary Criticism

Victorian Literature is a comprehensive and fully annotated anthology with a flexible design that allows teachers and students to pursue traditional or innovative lines of inquiry – from the canon to its extensions and its contexts. Represents the period’s major writers of prose, poetry, drama, and more, including Tennyson, Arnold, the Brownings, Carlyle, Ruskin, the Rossettis, Wilde, Eliot, and the Brontës Promotes an ideologically and culturally varied view of Victorian society with the inclusion of women, working-class, colonial, and gay and lesbian writers Incorporates recent scholarship with 5 contextual sections and innovative sub-sections on topics like environmentalism and animal rights; mass literacy and mass media; sex and sexuality; melodrama and comedy; the Irish question; ruling India and the Indian Mutiny and innovations in print culture Emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of the field with a focus on social, cultural, artistic, and historical factors Includes a fully annotated companion website for teachers and students offering expanded context sections, additional readings from key writers, appendices, and an extensive bibliography