Short History of Renaissance Italy

ISBN-10: 0136054846
ISBN-13: 9780136054849
Edition: 2011
Authors: Lisa Kaborycha
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List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Pearson Education, Limited
Publication date: 12/14/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Lisa Kaborycha has a Ph.D. in Medieval and Early Modern History and an M.A. in Italian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, where for years she taught undergraduate courses in Renaissance Italian History and Culture. A former recipient of the Fulbright Award and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the Medici Archive Project, Dr. Kaborycha currently resides in Florence, Italy, where she is a Research Fellow at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.

Preface
Foreword
A Note Concerning Dating
Out of the Ashes: the Rise of the Communes and Florence
In the Age of Dante
The grandeur that was Rome
The spread of Christianity
The empire returns?
The Commercial Revolution
Communal governments sprout up in Italy
Tensions between magnates and popolo
The age of the popular commune, 1200���1290
A "pullulation of little powers"
Florentines, the "fifth element of the world"
Dante Alighieri, Florentine poet and political exile
The Divine Comedy, the first masterpiece of Italian literature
"Those brand new people and their sudden earnings"
Mendicant friars praised and corrupt popes punished
Dante on the separate powers of church and state
An explosion of naturalism in art Giotto Di Bondone
Sculptural innovators Nicola, Giovanni, and Andrea Pisano
Considerations "Medieval" or "Renaissance"?
Resources
The Crises of the Fourteenth Century: Climatic, Epidemic, Demographic
Disasters
Climate change Global cooling
The Hundred Years' War and crash of international banking
1347 A devastating pandemic arrives in Europe
Boccaccio's account of the Black Death
The life of Giovanni Boccaccio
The Decameron
100 tales of love, lust, and loss
Society in the wake of the Black Death
Government and medicine respond to the crisis
Social mobility and unrest
The Ciompi Rebellion
Town and country
"Motionless History" in the countryside
Hard times in the Contado
An age of new men
Painting in the early Trecento���The Sienese school
Art in the aftermath of the Black Death
Recovery and renewal
Considerations���Just how calamitous was the fourteenth
Century?
Resources
Back to the Future: Italian Humanists Recover the
Classical Past
Humanism���A cultural revolution led by notaries
The medieval scholastic heritage
Italian humanists restore ancient texts
The life of Petrarch���A passionate humanist
"Carried away by the fire of youth "
Petrarch's interiority���It's all about "me"
Scattered Rhymes
An "educational surge"���Literacy and learning in Italian cities
The flowering of Florentine vernacular culture
Rhetoric���How to speak with strength, impetuosity
And grace
The generation after Petrarch���Salutati, Bruni, and
Civic humanism
Ghiberti's vigorous bronze reliefs
Donatello's sculpture���Classical grace and civic virtue
Brunelleschi, engineer, architect, and pioneer of perspective
Masaccio, a painter of dramatic realism
Considerations���Humanism, humanitarianism, and
The humanities
Resources
Caput Mundi Again? Rome from Cola di Rienzo to Pius II
The city of the Caesars becomes the city of the popes
The papacy precariously balanced on a rock
Roman communal politics���A "monstrous thing"
The two swords of Boniface VIII and Philip the Fair clash
A manifesto of papal absolutism���Unam sanctam
Rome widowed
The meteoric rise and fall of Cola di Rienzo
The Babylonian Captivity of the church, 1309���1378
The popes return to Rome
Antipopes and Western Schism, 1378���1417
The conciliar movement, 1409���1439
The birth of the Renaissance "papal prince"
Popes Martin V, Eugenius IV, and Nicholas V rebuild Rome
1417���1455
The amazing Leon Battista Alberti
Reinventing the role of the architect
The Commentaries of Pius II, the humanist pope
Considerations Renaissance pope and Renaissance man
Resources
Hearth and Home: Lay Piety,Women, and the Family
Religion A family affair
The saints Christ's special friends
Confraternities Group settings for prayer and good
Deeds
A Third Order of monasticism for laypeople
Female holiness in an age of living saints
Religion in women's daily lives
Who were Laura and Beatrice really?
"What's love got to do with It?" Marriage among
Renaissance elites
Governing the household the woman's realm
A woman's voice from the patrician class Alessandra
Strozzi
The widow's limited options
The nun in her cloister Protected or imprisoned?
Working women Domestic servants and wet nurses
Social outcasts Prostitutes, outsiders, and slaves
Images of women in Renaissance art
Considerations Was it the Renaissance for men, but the Dark Ages for
Women?
Resources
Lords of the Renaissance: the Medici, Visconti, and Sforza Dynasties
Through 1466
From commune to signoria
Dissatisfaction within the communes
Life under the signore
Milan In the middle of it all
The Visconti the clan of vipers
Giangaleazzo Visconti A prince among tyrants?
An intermission between two Milanese dynasties the Ambrosian Republic
1447���1450
Francesco Sforza From soldier of fortune to statesman
The Medici���Where did they come from?
Giovanni di Bicci lays the foundations of the Medici banking
Fortune
Cosimo de' Medici (1389���1464)���Son of a money changer, father of
His country
"Be careful not to draw attention to yourself"
1433���Arrest and exile
Cosimo's triumphal 1434 return���"A king in all but
Name"
1454���Peace breaks out in Italy
Art, politics, and money���The patronage of Cosimo
De' Medici
"Having so much on his conscience " Vespasiano da
Bisticci on Cosimo's rebuilding of the Monastery of
San Marco
Considerations���Was the Renaissance a cultural byproduct of new lords
Seeking to legitimize their rule?
Resources
The Mezzogiorno: the "Other Renaissance" in Naples
And Sicily
Land of myth and midday sun
Sicily���Bread-basket and lumber yard for Rome
Campania Felix���Naples and surroundings under the Roman
Empire
Fifth to ninth century invasions���Vandals, Goths, Byzantines
Arabs
The south emerges as economic powerhouse, cultural melting pot in the
Ninth century
Norman domination of the south, 1059���1130
Frederick II (1194���1250)���An emperor who was the wonder
Of the world
The Sicilian Vespers
Aragon and Anjou fight over the two Sicilies, 1282���1442
The Two Sicilies reunited under Alfonso of Aragon, 1442
Ferrante I���The "bastard" who brought stability to Naples
The Renaissance in Naples, 1443���1494
Antonello da Messina's paintings���Meticulous realism and
Haunting mystery
Alfonso's patronage of humanists
Lorenzo Valla���Humanist scholar and freethinker
Discourse on the Forgery of the Alleged Donation of
Constantine
Considerations���Was the south backward or ahead of its time?
Resources
La Serenissima:When Venice Ruled the Seas
"You live like sea birds, your homes scattered over
The water "
The Venetians' battle for survival
Inventing a Venetian identity the city of Saint Mark takes wing
810���1000
From the "Venetian Gulf" to "Beyond-the-Sea", 1000���1204
The Venetian commune comes of age, 1032���1297
The Great Council Keystone of the Venetian Republic
The "aristocratic commune" closes ranks the 1297 serrata
The Council of Ten the vigilant lion
The Doge of Venice Prince or primus inter pares?
"Lords of the sea"
Expansion of the Venetian Empire into the terraferma
Daily life in Renaissance Venice
Festivals, scuole, and venezianit��
Humanism, printing, the sciences
Venetian painting of the early Renaissance Bellini and
Carpaccio
The Renaissance comes to Venetian architecture Sansovino
Gasparo Contarini's The Commonwealth and Government of
Venice
Considerations the myth and countermyth of Venice
Resources
Magnificent Florence: Life under Lorenzo De' Medici
1469���1492
The restlessness of the Florentine Elites, 1464���1469
Lorenzo takes control, 1469���1477
"Brigades" of poets and jousts for love
Marsilio Ficino and Florentine Platonism
Vernacular magnificence Lorenzo and literature
Luigi Pulci's Il Morgante
Angelo Poliziano's Stanzas for Giuliano de' Medici
The Renaissance on the streets Popular entertainments and festivals in
Quattrocento Florence
Lorenzo and Pope Sixtus IV collide
The Pazzi Conspiracy Murder in the cathedral
Florence at war with the pope
Lorenzo as "boss of the shop"
Money and art in Renaissance Florence
Competition and innovation in the arts
The realism of Pollaiuolo and Verrocchio
The idealism of Botticelli
Depicting the here and now���Ghirlandaio
Building for posterity
The spiritual mood in late quattrocento Florence
Giovanni Pico della Mirandola's "Oration on the Dignity
Of Man"
Considerations���Golden ages
Resources
1494: the Beginning of the Calamities of Italy
The Italian League unravels
Rodrigo Borgia becomes Pope Alexander VI
The French Invasion of 1494
Savonarola���The rise of the "little friar" from Ferrara
The "New Jerusalem"���The Florentine Republic renewed
Weepers, angry men, and ugly companions
The fiery end of Savonarola
Louis XII and the French Invasion of 1499
The meteoric career of Cesare Borgia
Julius II the "terrible" pope takes on Venice
The Holy League���A brief alliance born of mutual enmity
The Florentine Republic under Soderini gives way to Medici
Rule in 1512
Niccoli Machiavelli out of work
The Prince���A mirror for the Medici?
When virt is not necessarily virtuous and fortuna is not always
Fortunate
The role of morality and religion in The Prince
Does Machiavelli advocate tyranny?
Considerations���Fortuna, providence or chance?
Resources
Paradoxes of the High Renaissance: Art in a time
Of Turmoil
Leonardo���The pacifist who designed weapons for
A prince
Mantua, Ferrara, Urbino���Small courts, big ambitions
Mantua���"The most beautiful chamber in the world" painted by
Mantegna
Isabella d'Este's studiolo of her own
The Dukes of Ferrara celebrated in poetry and music
Urbino���The condottiero's refined court, library, and art collection
The Venetian innovators Painters in a watery city dream of idyllic
Pastures
The visual poetry of Giorgione
Titian's bold colors, sensuality, triumphant images
The explosive genius of Michelangelo Extreme piety and extreme
Paganism
The David Bold symbol of the Florentine Republic
Pope Julius II A second Caesar
Bramante tears down St. Peter's
Michelangelo paints a "terrible" ceiling
Raphael in Rome A painter of sweet-faced Madonnas creates majestic
Rooms for a pope
The School of Athens Antiquity alive and energized
The banker's pleasure palace, talking statues, and risquÿ positions the end
Of an era in Rome
Considerations Terrible times and awesome art
Resources
The 1527 Sack of Rome and its Aftermath: Courtiers and Courtesans in
High Renaissance Literature
A new world order in the sixteenth century
The profligate papacy of Leo X, 1513���1521
Francesco Guicciardini's career as papal governor in the
Romagna
The tragically indecisive Pope Clement VII
On the brink of disaster, 1526
The Sack
A traumatized Christendom takes stock
Baldassare Castiglione's instant bestseller
Contradictions and tensions within The Courtier
The Machiavellian courtier?
Gender-bending at court and the changing role of women
Courtiers, court ladies, and courtesans
Ariosto and Sannazaro's escapist fantasies
Considerations Accepting defeat with grazia 237
Resources
Reformations: Political, Religious, and Artistic Upheaval
1530���1563
The last Florentine Republic, 1527���1530
The Medici principate established
The teenaged Cosimo becomes Duke of Florence
Michelangelo and the Medici, 1516���1534
Martin Luther���A German monk protests
Humanist origins of the Protestant Reformation���"Christian
Humanism"
Catholic reformations before the Reformation
The church responds���Catholic versus Protestant
The Council of Trent, 1545���1563
The Vulgate Bible���"No one is to dare or presume to reject it under any
Pretext"
The Sacraments and the role of the priest re-affirmed
Social consequences of Trent
Clerical reform and full enclosure of nuns
Michelangelo in Rome, 1534���1564
Mannerism���Avant-garde art
The artist as courtier
The Lives of the Artists���Vasari invents art history
Benvenuto Cellini's Autobiography���The artist invents himself
Considerations���The sixteenth-century reformations put in perspective
Resources
The "Imperial Renaissance": Italy during the Spanish Peace
1559���1598
The Habsburgs���A spectacular matrimonial conglomerate
Keeping the troublesome republics subdued
The rule of Spanish viceroys
Pax hispanica
Learning that was not strictly academic
Print culture���Read all about it
The epic poetry of Torquato Tasso
The erotic poetry of Veronica Franco
Buffoons, faithful shepherds, and prima donnas���The birth of Renaissance
Theater
Italian words and music come together���Madrigals, motets, and masses
Architecture���Perfection of classical forms and experimentation
Palladio shapes western architecture
Rome gloriously rebuilt
Venetian masters���Titian's late style, Tintoretto, and Veronese
Opportunities for women artists���Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia
Fontana
The anti-mannerists���Annibale, Agostino, and Ludovico Carracci
The Michelangelo from Caravaggio
Considerations���Was the late sixteenth century a Siglo de Oro for Italy?
Resources
Celestial Revolutions: Heaven and Earth Collide at the Turn of the
Seventeenth Century
Inquistions
The Roman Inquisition Myth and reality
Jews and witches
The index of Prohibited books
Missionaries to the mezzogiorno "The Indies down here"
The "new philosophy" Natural philosophers try to read the book of
Nature
Italian scientific revolutions
A flowering of the natural sciences
The sciences put to work the genius of engineers and artists
Anatomy Physicians and artists look inside the human body
Astrology, astronomy, cosmology the sixteenth-century view
From Earth
Measuring the heavens Mathematicians invade outer space
Galileo and the "new science"
Galileo takes a spyglass and turns it into telescope
The Starry Messenger the Medici become moons and the scientist becomes
A star
The conflict between the new science and religion
The trial of the century Galileo before the Inquisition in 1633
Considerations What would the ancient Greeks and
Romans have said?
Resources
Epilogue: the End of the Renaissance?
Index
Images
St. Francis Master, St. Francis Renounces His Worldly Possessions, detail
Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Allegory of Good Government, detail
Donatello, St. George, detail
Masolino da Panicale, The Founding of Santa Maria Maggiore
Piero della Francesca, Madonna del Parto, della Madonna del Parto, Monterchi
Benozzo Gozzoli, Journey of the Magi, detail
Antonello da Messina, Virgin Annunciate
Vittore Carpaccio, The Miracle at the Rialto
Sandro Botticelli, Primavera, detail
Giorgione, The Tempest
Leonardo da Vinci, Vitruvian Man
Raphael, Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione
Michelangelo, Last Judgment, detail
Caravaggio, Bacchus
Galileo, Sidereus nuncius
Maps
Regions of Italy, Inside front cover
Principal Italian Communes c. 1250
Spread of the Black Death in Europe
Social Unrest in Europe During the Fourteenth Century
Education in Renaissance Italy
Western Schism (1378���1417)
Communes and Signories in Italy c. 1250
Communes and Signories in Italy c. 1450
Milanese Territory under the Visconti
Southern Italy and the Mediterranean c. 600 CE
The Early Settlement of Venice and Trade Routes Through the Mainland
Venice and the Eastern Mediterranean, 1140���1204
Venetian Merchant Fleets in the Fifteenth Century
The Five Major Italian States, 1494
The Papal States
The Empire of Charles V in Europe
Italy, 1559
Changing Concepts of the Cosmos
Tables
Population of Italian cities c. 1300
Ancient texts in Greek: Some of the earliest dates they appear in Italy
Percentage of female saints

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