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. 59, No. 1, Spring

Books Received
EDITIONS AND TRANSLATIONS: Almosnino, Mose ben Baruk. Regimiento de la vida / Tratado de los suenyos. Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies 255. Ed. John M. Zemke. Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2004. xix + 545...
Drawing Christ's Blood: Michelangelo, Vittoria Colonna, and the Aesthetics of Reform*
Intellectuals who associated with Michelangelo (1475-1564) were central to a burgeoning interest in art theory. One of the most well-known aesthetic questions of the day was the polemic over the relative importance of disegno (drawing or design) and...
Homer in the French Renaissance*
1. INTRODUCTION It is difficult for us to imagine a world without Homer. The story of the Trojan War and the wanderings of Odysseus have fared rather better in the popular imagination than Aeneas's parallel adventures, and many aspects of the...
Seneca in Early Elizabethan England
1. INTRODUCTION Writing in the late 1580s, Thomas Nashe famously accused contemporary dramatists of a lack of originality, describing them as "triviall translators" who did little more than copy the "good sentences" and "tragicall speeches" out...
Writing and the Paradox of the Self: Machiavelli's Literary Vocation*
1. THE PROBLEMATIC SELF One need no longer apologize for thinking of Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) as preeminently a writer. Though the ghost of the coolly analytical theorist still occasionally haunts the critical scene, for more than thirty...