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. 53, No. 1, Spring

Anatomizing the Past: Physicians and History in Renaissance Culture [*]
In many different ways Renaissance physicians concerned themselves with the reading and writing of history. This article examines the role of historical interests in learned medical culture and the participation of physicians in the broader historical...
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Early Modern Controversies about the One-Sex Model
This essay traces the opposition to the Galenic notion of a homology between male and female genitalia (the "one-sex model") and identifies the French physician Andr[acute{e}] Dulaurens as the first outspoken apponent. After Dulaurens, the German physician...
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"Fast Ti'd Unto Them in a Golden Chaine": Typology, Apocalypse, and Woman's Genealogy in Aemilia Lanyer's Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum
Aemilia Lanyer uses the genealogical model of promise, fulfillment, and supersedure implied by biblical typology and the vindication of the godly implied in scriptural apocalypse to accomplish several related aims: to represent her dedicatees as biblical...
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Humanism and Scholasticism in Sixteenth- Century Academe. Five Student Orations from the University of Salamanca [*]
A collection of student orations by the Salamancan jurist Diego de Covarrubias, edited here in the appendix, offers a glimpse of the mental landscape of canon and civil lawyers in this era. The orations combine traditional scholastic forms of argumentation...
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Mothers and Sons: Two Paintings for San Bonaventura in Early Modern Rome
Portia dell'Anguillara Cesi and Margherita della Somaglia Peretti were both wealthy heiresses in late sixteenth-century Rome, and each was the patron of a fine altarpiece for the Capuchin church of San Bonaventura. Although women were widely recognized...
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Reading through Galileo's Telescope. Margaret Cavendish and the Experience of Reading [*]
This essay reassesses the role of reading in the context of seventeenth-century natural philosophy by analyzing Galileo Galilei's Starry Messenger and Margaret Cavendish's The Blazing World. The unreliability of telescopic vision becomes a dominant...
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Ruling Sexuality: The Political Legitimacy of Isabel of Castile [*]
This article examines the gendered construction of power during the reign of Isabel of Castile (1474-1504). The construction of her political legitimacy was based on her manipulation of her gender and sexuality intended to contrast with the perceived...
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