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. 55, No. 2, Summer

A French King and a Magic Ring: The Girolami and a Relic of St. Zenobius in Renaissance Florence *
GIROLAMI PATRONAGE OF ST. ZENOBIUS' CULT AND RELICS In Renaissance Florence, St. Zenobius (d. c. 424) was second only to the city's principal patron saint, John the Baptist, and his was the second oldest saint's cult in the city after that of...
Books Received
BIBLIOGRAPHY AND REFERENCE: Auchter, Dorothy. Dictionary of Literary and Dramatic Censorship in Tudor and Stuart England. Westport, CT and London: Greenwood Press, 2001. xxxiv + 403 pp. appends, index. $91. ISBN: 0-313-31114-5. Beatty, Mary...
Clarifications
Regarding the review of Maurice B. McNamee, S.J., Vested Angels: Eucharistic Allusions in Early Netherlandish Paintings (RQ 54.4.2 [2001] 1628-29). Maurice B. McNamee's Fifth Chapter, Vested Angels: Eucharistic Allusions in Early Netherlandish...
Creative Partners: The Marriage of Laura Battiferra and Bartolomeo Ammannati *
Laura Battiferra came into the world as the daughter of Giovan' Antonio Battiferri of Urbino, a wealthy career prelate, and Maddalena Coccapani of Carpi, his concubine. (2) The document of Laura's legitimation, signed by Pope Paul III on 9 February...
Giordano Bruno: Neoplatonism and the Wheel of Memory in the De Umbris Idearum
From Bruno's language it is impossible to infer his rejection or acceptance of any philosophical system, whether it be Platonism, Aristotelianism or Hermeticism, Thomism or Lullism, since none seems to satisfy the universalizing exigency of his...
Marriage, Sexual Pleasure, and Learned Brides in the Wedding Orations of Fifteenth Century Italy *
THE FESTIVE CONTEXT In Italian courts, all public events called for the exhibition of grandeur, wealth, and magnificence, but none as effectively as a wedding between two great families, each of a noble ancestry or pretensions to nobility; Elite...
Reading Jerome in the Renaissance: Erasmus' Reception of the Adversus Jovinianum *
INTRODUCTION Vital to the recovery and transmission of the culture of the ancient world undertaken by the Renaissance humanists was their enthusiasm for the writings of the Church Fathers. As with classical texts, humanists undertook to discover...
Reinventing Romance, or the Surprising Effects of Sympathy
Divers other passions there be, but they want names; whereof some nevertheless have been by most men observed. For example: from what passion proceedeth it, that men take pleasure to behold from the shore the danger of them that are at sea in a...
Tasso's God: Divine Action in Gerusalemme Liberata *
A POETICS OF FUSION AND REVISION In the late 1560s, while in his early twenties, Tasso wrote a treatise on epic in three books entitled Discorsi dell'arte poetica. While it is misleading to assume a simple homology between poetic theory and practice,...