The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry

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PICO DELLA MIRANDOLA

No account of the Renaissance can be complete without some notice of the attempt made by certain Italian scholars of the fifteenth century to reconcile Christianity with the religion of ancient Greece. To reconcile forms of sentiment which at first sight seem incompatible, to adjust the various products of the human mind to one another in one many-sided type of intellectual culture, to give humanity, for heart and imagination to feed upon, as much as it could possibly receive, belonged to the generous instincts of that age. An earlier and simpler generation had seen in the gods of Greece so many malignant spirits, the defeated but still living centres of the religion of darkness, struggling not always in vain, against the kingdom light. Little by little, as the natural charm of pagan story reasserted itself over minds emerging out of barbarism, the religious significance which had once belonged to it was lost sight of, and it came to be regarded as the subject of a purely artistic or poetical treatment. But it was inevitable that from time to time minds should

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Dedication v
  • Preface vii
  • Contents *
  • Two Early French Stories 1
  • Pico Della Mirandola 30
  • Sandro Botticelli 50
  • Luca Della Robbia 63
  • The Poetry of Michelangelo 73
  • Leonardo Da Vinci 98
  • The School of Giorgione 130
  • Joachim Du Bellay 155
  • Winckelmann 177
  • Conclusion 233
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