The I Tatti Research Series is dedicated to ongoing projects at Villa I Tatti: The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. Its volumes expand on themes explored during conferences and seminars and cover a wide spectrum of disciplines including art history, architecture, history, philosophy, literature, music, and the history of science.
The series examines all aspects of the Italian Renaissance—broadly understood to include the period from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries. At the same time, it investigates dialogues between Renaissance Italy and other regions around the world, in addition to the period’s roots in classical antiquity and its enduring impact on modernity.
Assembling essays written by internationally renowned as well as aspiring younger scholars, this peer-reviewed series reflects I Tatti’s ambitious conference and research activities.
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The Renaissance in the 19th Century: Revision, Revival, and Return
This volume examines the Italian Renaissance revival as a Pan-European critique: a reshaping of a nineteenth-century present that is perceived as deeply problematic. These essays recover the multidimensionality of the reaction to, transformation of, and commentary on the connections between the Italian Renaissance and nineteenth-century modernity.
Seachanges: Music in the Mediterranean and Atlantic Worlds, 1550–1800
Musicians have always been migratory frontrunners, and musical encounters have always generated nodes of cultural complexity. Seachanges brings together original essays that complicate Mediterranean and Atlantic histories and foreground music in mobility studies, from Turkish songs in France to Indigenous musicians in Latin America, and more.
Sacrifice and Conversion in the Early Modern Atlantic World
When Europeans came to the American continent in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, they were confronted with what they perceived as sacrificial practices. Sacrifice and Conversion in the Early Modern Atlantic World examines the encounter between European and American conceptions of sacrifice expressed in texts, music, rituals, and images.
Ariosto and the Arabs: Contexts for the Orlando Furioso
Ariosto and the Arabs sheds new light on Ludovico Ariosto’s famous poem Orlando Furioso. The sixteen essays assembled here, produced by diverse scholars who work on Europe, Africa, and Asia, encompass several intertwined areas of analysis—philology, religious and social history, cartography, material and figurative arts, and performance.
The Mongol Empire in Global History and Art History
The Mongol Empire in Global History and Art History includes essays on topics from historical chronicles to contemporary historiography, and case studies from textile production to map-making and historical linguistics. Contributors include specialists of Mongol history and historiography as well as Islamic, East Asian, and European art.
Lost and Found: Locating Foundlings in the Early Modern World
Florence’s iconic foundling home of the Innocenti is often taken as a symbol of Renaissance creativity, innovation, and humanity. The essays in Lost and Found explore new dimensions and contexts for foundling care at the Innocenti and use archival documents and digital tools to locate it architecturally, geographically, and socially.
Robert Klein: A Meteor in Art History and Philosophy
Although Robert Klein (1918–1967), well known for his erudition and the originality of his research, was an important, even paradigmatic figure for the field of art history in the twentieth century, no sustained study has yet been dedicated to his work. Robert Klein: A Meteor in Art History and Philosophy sheds light on his intellectual journey.
Global Gold: Aesthetics, Material Desires, Economies in the Late Medieval and Early Modern World
The interdisciplinary essays in Global Gold—by scholars of European, American, African, and Asian history and art history—explore gold’s monetary, economic, and aesthetic roles within the crucible of a unique historical period of transition, conquest, and the exploitation of natural and human resources.
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