Turning a skeptical eye on the idea that Renaissance artists were widely believed to be as utterly admirable as Vasari claimed, this book re-opens the question of why artists were praised and by whom, and specifically why the language of divinity was invoked, a practice the ancients did not license. The epithet ''divino'' is examined in the context of claims to liberal arts status and to analogy with poets, musicians, and other ''uomini famossi.'' The reputations of Michelangelo and Brunelleschi are compared not only with each other but with those of Dante and Ariosto, of Aretino and of the ubiquitous beloved of the sonnet tradition. Nineteenth-century reformulations of the idea of Renaissance artistic divinity are treated in the epilogue, and twentieth-century treatments of the idea of artistic "ingegno" in an appendix.
Creating the "Divine" Artist: From Dante to Michelangelo
Barbara Baert. Translated from the Dutch by Lee Preedy.
This fascinating study reconstructs the tradition of the Legend of the True Cross in text and image, from its tentative beginnings in 4th-century Jerusalem to the culminating expression of its multi-layered cosmic content in 14th and 15th-century monumental cycles in Germany and Italy.
Edited by Gustav Henningsen
A bilingual edition of eye-witness reports on an early 17th-century witch panic or dream epidemic in the Basque country, written by a Jesuit, a Bishop, and a Spanish Inquisitor who analysed the phenomenon empirically from psychological and anthropological standpoints.
Edited by Anne Goldgar and Robert I. Frost
This volume offers new insights into the self-perceptions, strategies, and rituals through which early modern institutions functioned. Its wide range and its comparative vision of the nature of institutions prompts a new interpretation of the role of institutions in society. With contributions ...
This book is an attempt to focus where pertinent on the Carolingian cultural inventory produced and assembled in the libraries, museums and architectural sites of Central Europe. This inventory allows conclusions which demonstrate the originality of the literary, artistic and architectural efforts.
This study of the medieval rites of peace and reconciliaton highlights the role of ritual as a strategic device in the attempts of the medieval church and state to monopolize political sovereignty and order individual identities around an hegemonic value system.
Edited by Jean E. Godsall-Myers
This collection of essays treats medieval language use in its sociolinguistic context, drawing primarily on texts in English, French, German, and Spanish.
Edited by Eva Frojmovic
This collection of essays re-examines the dynamics of Jewish indentity and Jewish-Christian relations in the Middle Ages and Early Modern period, from the perspective of visual culture, especially manuscript illustration.
Edited by Pamela M. Jones and Thomas Worcester
This collection of nine essays offers new evidence of the creativity of religious culture in an era conventionally known as the Counter-Reformation. Religion and the arts in Italy, ca. 1550-1650, are shown to have prospered, with or without ecclesiastical approval.
Edited by Joëlle Rollo-Koster
The essays in this volume focus on the history of formalized behavior and rituals in Europe, China and Japan. Dismissing the traditional historiography centered on geographical boundaries, it compares rituals in the East and West to better illuminate their purposes.
This study examines the structure and being of a religious order in the context of Spanish Golden Age society. In doing so it attempts not only to place the orders into the wider pattern of Spanish politics and culture, but to capture the essence of monastic reform in Early Modern Catholic Europe.
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