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The European Renaissance 1400-1600 : Arts, Culture, and Society in the Western World - Robin Kirkpatrick

The European Renaissance 1400-1600

Arts, Culture, and Society in the Western World

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With Italy at its centre, but encompassing the whole of Renaissance Europe, this evocative history challenges some of the popularly-held views on the Renaissance period. In particular, whilst always acknowledging the brilliance and exhuberance of Renaissance culture, Robin Kirkpatrick draws equal attention to the strangeness and often unresolved tensions that lay beneath the surface of that culture.Insisting on a European rather than purely Italian viewpoint, he embraces Renaissance thinking and culture in all its diversity: from Northern thinkers such as Cusanus, Luther and Calvin, to the painting of Van der Weyden and El Greco, and the music of the Flemish musicians, Josquin des Prez and Orlando Lassus. Special attention is also paid to the unique contribution made by Margueritte of Navarre to the development of humanist culture. The book concludes with a study of Shakespeare in which his plays are viewed as a searching critique of some of the main principles of Renaissance culture.

General Introductionp. ix
Prefacep. x
List of Illustrationsp. xii
Notes on the Coverp. xviii
Introduction: Renaissance Questionsp. 1
Issues and Interpretationp. 1
Europe United?p. 5
Historical Outlinesp. 11
Artistic Continuitiesp. 17
Renaissance Past and Futurep. 24
Thought and Contextp. 29
Cities, Spaces and Institutionsp. 31
The Piazza and Political Imaginingp. 31
The Florentine Formulap. 34
Courtly Variations: The Example of Urbinop. 40
Dynasties, Nations and States: The French Examplep. 47
Cities of God: Utopia, Geneva and Romep. 54
The Domain of Tastep. 66
Education, Imitation and Creationp. 73
Book-Learning in the Renaissancep. 73
'I do not adore Aristotle'p. 82
Platonic Possibilities: Ficino and Cusanusp. 88
Texts and Text-Books: Valla and Ramusp. 100
Reformation and the Renaissance Individualp. 106
The Limits of Humanismp. 106
Erasmus, Luther and St Ignatiusp. 109
From Purgatory to Pyre: Conscience in the Middle Ages and Renaissancep. 125
Science, Art and Language: a Conclusion to Part Onep. 136
Renaissance Rationalityp. 136
Scientific Humanism and Religious Sciencep. 139
Leonardo, Van Eyck and Vesaliusp. 145
The Crux of Language: Bruno and Montaignep. 150
The Artsp. 163
The Figurative Artsp. 165
Competitive Eyesp. 165
Seeing in the Renaissancep. 174
Experimentation in Matter and Formp. 178
The Divine Artistp. 191
Movements in Mannerismp. 210
Lyric, Epic and Pastoralp. 220
Petrarchan Possibilitiesp. 220
The Lyric: Passion and Penitencep. 230
The Epic Imagination: Tasso, Camoes and Spenserp. 250
Pastoral Experimentationp. 261
Musicp. 269
A Flemish Polyphonyp. 269
Dufay and Josquin in Italyp. 281
Theory, Symbol and Passionp. 294
Words and Music in the Sixteenth Centuryp. 298
Prose Fiction and Theatrep. 315
The Popular Voice: Carnival and Boccacciop. 315
Novelle and Plays: Framing Gossipp. 320
Rabelais, Cervantes and Textual Riotp. 329
Shakespeare the Criticp. 346
A Tragic Afterwordp. 363
Bibliographyp. 371
Indexp. 379
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ISBN: 9780582294455
ISBN-10: 0582294452
Series: Arts, Culture, and Society in the Western World
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 30th October 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 17.15  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.7
Edition Number: 1