Renaissance Society and Culture

Renaissance Society and Culture

Renaissance Society and Culture

Renaissance Society and Culture

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After a distinguished academic career encompassing more than forty years at Harvard, Cornell, and Columbia universities, nearly twenty years as executive director of the Renaissance Society of America, and approximately a decade in the governance of the American Historical Association, Eugene E. Rice, Jr. has drawn to himself a wide circle of scholarly friends, students and colleagues who could justly claim a place in a volume of essays written in his honor. The twenty-one scholars whose contributions make up this collection therefore represent only a selection from the nearly impossibly large body of possible participants.

We have chosen to present a volume in celebration of Gene's long tenure as a teacher of Renaissance history at Columbia University. Hence the title and the participants of this Festschrift. Two illustrious friends, now retired from Columbia (Kristeller and Mundy), have contributed their appreciations; his daughter Louise, trained in art history at Columbia, has compiled his bibliography; five colleagues presently in the departments of history (Bean and Harris), art history (Beck and Rosand) and religion (Somerville) have written essays in tribute; ten of his former doctoral students (Edelstein, Gosselin, Hankins, Jorgensen, Kraye, Mathers, Monfasani, Musto, Rainey, and Rappaport) have requited in kind the scholarship that he so enthusiastically inculcated in them; one senior scholar (Rostenberg) received a doctorate from Columbia with Gene's support; while two younger scholars (Bullard and Knox), whose careers Gene has encouraged, herein honor their latterday mentor.

Because of the appreciations of Professors Kristeller and Mundy further on in this volume, there is no need for us here' to dilate on our admiration for Eugene Rice. Let us only say that the preparation of this Festschrift has been a deeply satisfying experience, one that we hope expresses in fitting form and measure the gratitude we feel toward this extraordinary teacher, scholar, and friend.

John Monfasani Ronald G. Musto February 1991 . . .

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