The Bernard Berenson Lectures on the Italian Renaissance Delivered at Villa I Tatti
The Bernard Berenson Lectures on the Italian Renaissance are a series given at Villa I Tatti: The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence each year by a distinguished scholar of the art, politics, religion, science, philosophy, or literature of the Italian Renaissance. Distillations of a lifetime of research, the lectures and the book that ensues are meant to engage the most lively issues of the field in original ways while remaining of interest to the general reading public.
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The Culture Wars of the Late Renaissance: Skeptics, Libertines, and Opera
Muir explores an era of cultural innovation that promoted free inquiry in the face of philosophical and theological orthodoxy, advocated libertine morals, critiqued the tyranny of aristocratic fathers over their daughters, and expanded the theatrical potential of grand opera. In so doing, he reveals the distinguished past of today’s culture wars.
Friendship, Love, and Trust in Renaissance Florence
Dale Kent explores the meaning of love and friendship as they were represented in the fifteenth century, particularly the relationship between heavenly and human friendship.
Giotto and His Publics: Three Paradigms of Patronage
This probing analysis of three of Giotto’s major works and the patrons who commissioned them goes beyond the clichés of Giotto as the founding figure of western painting. It traces the interactions between Franciscan friars and powerful bankers and illuminates the complex interactions between mercantile wealth and the iconography of poverty.
The Early Renaissance and Vernacular Culture
Why do the paintings and poetry of the Italian Renaissance—a celebration of classical antiquity—also depict the Florentine countryside populated with figures dressed in contemporary silk robes and fleur-de-lys crowns? Charles Dempsey argues that a fusion of classical form with contemporary content was the defining characteristic of the period.
The Italian Renaissance of Machines
The Renaissance was a rebirth of art and literature—and of machines. In this lavishly illustrated volume, Paolo Galluzzi guides readers through a singularly inventive period featuring Taccola’s and da Vinci’s fusion of artistry and engineering and new concepts of learning that enabled Galileo’s revolutionary mathematical science of mechanics.
A Marvelous Solitude: The Art of Reading in Early Modern Europe
The sense of reading as an intimate act of self-discovery—and of communion between authors and book lovers—has a long history. Lina Bolzoni returns to Petrarch, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Montaigne, and Tasso, exploring how Renaissance humanists began to represent reading as a private encounter and a dialogue across barriers of time and space.
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