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. 49, No. 3, Autumn

Art and Humanism in Early Renaissance Padua: Cennini, Vergerio and Petrarch on Imitation
A number of passages in Cennino Cennini's early fifteenth-century craft handbook, the Libro dell'Arte, have captured the attention of art historians -- most particularly its spectacular first chapter, which defines painting in terms indebted to late...
Erasmus and the Hermeneutics of Linguistic Praxis
Erasmian hermeneutics are notoriously difficult to describe clearly because Erasmus is always looking in two directions at once -- both toward the ideal, perfectly expressive Word and toward the multitude of imperfect, human words caught in the tumult...
Florence, 1492: The Reappearance of Plotinus
In the western world, Plotinus was only a name until 1492.(1) None of his treatises had been translated during the Middle Ages, and the translations dating back to antiquity had been lost. He was not totally unknown, however, thanks to scholars like...
Milton on Machiavelli: Representations of the State in 'Paradise Lost.'
In the prologue to Christopher Marlowe's The Jew of of Malta, Machiavelli appears on stage to announce his arrival in England after a sojourn through the Continent: Albeit the world thinke Machevill is dead, Yet was his soule but flowne beyond...
Women in the Book Trade in Italy, 1475-1620
In his 1569 Epistola qua ad multas multorum amicorum respondet de suae typographiae statu nominatimque de suo thesauro linguae graecae, the Parisian printer Henri II Estienne decries the participation of women in the book trade: "But beyond all those...