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. 48, No. 2, Summer

Breaking the Silence: The Poor Clares and the Visual Arts in Fifteenth-Century Italy
As Dante and Beatrice begin their ascent to the Empyrean in canto 3 of the Paradiso, they alight on the moon where they encounter pale spirits, not mere reflections but "true substances ... assigned [there] for inconstancy to holy vows" (Dante, 29-31).(1)...
Impassioned Mother or Passive Icon: The Virgin's Role in Late Medieval and Early Modern Passion Sermons
On 13 April 1403, Parisian chancellor Jean Gerson delivered one of his most famous sermons, a sermon on the Passion of Christ entitled "Ad deum vadit." That evening, in the second part of the sermon, Gerson set forth the central and most dramatic portion...
Interpretations of the Renaissance in Spanish Historical Thought
There are several reasons for presenting an overview of what the terms Renaissance and humanism have meant to Spanish historians and literary critics during the past one hundred fifty years. Despite the fact that these historiographical categories have...
Making Pictures Speak: Renaissance Art, Elizabethan Literature, Modern Scholarship
Some often quoted lines from Sidney's Apology for Poetry can stand both as a piece of literary history in themselves and as a methodological guide for the study of that history: "Poesy therefore is an art of imitation: for so Aristotle termeth it in...
Marguerite De Navarre and the Androgynous Portrait of Francois Ier
Du Roy Vers Alexandrins Celluy qui dit ta grace, eloquence & scavoir Ne estre plus grands que humains, de pres ne t'a peu veoir Et a qui ton parler ne sent divinite De termes et propos n'entend la gravite. De l'Empire du Monde est ta presence digne,...