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Florence, Rome, and the Origins of the Renaissance : Clarendon Paperbacks - George Holmes

Florence, Rome, and the Origins of the Renaissance

Clarendon Paperbacks

Paperback Published: 9th June 1988
ISBN: 9780198221531
Number Of Pages: 288

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This study sets out to place the remarkable cultural events of the early Renaissance in a full historical perspective. Dealing with both literary and visual art, it describes the world of Dante and Giotto and explains the circumstances in which their innovations became possible. The political, economical, cultural, and religious life of Tuscany between 1260 and 1320 is explored, and the importance of the relationship with the papal court emphasized. Papal patronage encouraged classical influence on the visual arts; but the Papacy also played a leading role in the political and economic life of the 'Guelf League', in which it was linked with Florence, Siena, Naples, and France. Papal intervention in Florence in 1301, leading to Dante's exile, and the Papacy's removal to France in 1305, created new conditions in which the masterpieces of Dante and Giotto were created. This is the first paperback edition of Florence, Rome and the Origins of the Renaissance, which was published in hardback in 1986.

'The fullest and most accurate account in English of that "vigorous and corrupt" milieu in which Dante passed his life...Dr Holmes has succeeded in presenting a deeply-considered and most learned portrait of a great era in European civilization' Times Higher Education Supplement

'There is a notable freshness and sparkle in his chapters on popular religious feeling, on the impact of St Francis, and on the movement of ideas into Florence' Times Literary Supplement

'There has seldom been a clearer statement of what it meant to create within a world whose lines were drawn by the brutalism of gang warfare and the saintliness of Franciscan ecstacy ... its picture of a Renaissance dawn ... makes for compelling history.' The Independent 'Learned and authoritative portrait' The Times

Prefacep. vii
List of Platesp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Tuscany and the High Medieval Papacyp. 1
Guelf Ascendancy, 1265-1277p. 3
The Supremacy of Florence, 1277-1294p. 25
Religion: The Model of Francis of Assisip. 45
Lay Thought at Florencep. 71
The Beginning of Dante's Poetic Revolutionp. 89
Classical Influence in the Visual Artsp. 129
The Focus of the Investigationp. 159
The Age of the Papal Withdrawalp. 161
The Papal Revolution, 1294-1305p. 163
Tuscany Without the Pope, 1305-1316p. 187
Realistic Visual Narrativep. 205
Dante in Exile and the Poetic Visionp. 233
Indexp. 265
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ISBN: 9780198221531
ISBN-10: 0198221533
Series: Clarendon Paperbacks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 9th June 1988
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.55