Renaissance Quarterly

A journal covering art, literature, and history of the Renaissance for the academic audience. Contains research studies, review essays, and book reviews. Features literary works and themes, as well as specialized studies in the arts, religion, and social

Articles from Vol. 61, No. 2, Summer

Ideal Men: Masculinity and Decline in Seventeenth-Century Spain
1. INTRODUCTION In a sermon preached in 1635 in Baena, the Dominican Francisco de Leon makes a series of startling statements about the men of his day. "Where are there men in Spain?" he queries angrily. "What I see are effeminate men ... I see...
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Preaching Magnificence in Renaissance Florence
1. INTRODUCTION Sant' Antonino Pierozzi (1389-1459)--Dominican Friar, reformer, author of a monumental, influential, and widely circulated Summa Theologica, friend and critic of the powerful Medici family--begins the sermon he preached on his accession...
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Printing Ritual: The Performance of Community in Christopher Plantin's la Joyeuse & Magnifique Entree De Monseigneur Francoys ... d'Anjou
1. INTRODUCTION In April 1582, the Antwerp publisher Christopher Plantin (1514-89) produced an elaborate folio illustrated with twenty-one etchings and engravings in order to commemorate the blijde inkomst (joyous entry) of Hercule Francois de Valois,...
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The Pursuit of Art and Pleasure in the Secret Grotto of Wilhelm V of Bavaria
1. INTRODUCTION Duke Wilhelm V of Bavaria (r. 1579-97) abdicated in favor of his son Maximilian (1573-1651) in 1597, leaving behind a mountain of debt, but also a legacy of extravagant art patronage. Under Wilhelm's reign, the capital city of Munich...
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