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. 3, Autumn

"Bastard Children of Tyranny": The Ancient Constitution and Fulke Greville's A Dedication to Sir Philip Sidney *
Critics have never known quite what to make of Fulke Greville's A Dedication to Sir Philip Sidney, (1) originally published in 1652 as A Life of Sir Philip Sidney. (2) While Greville (1554-1628) fulfills the expectations of the title by allotting...
"Be Fruitful and Multiply": Genesis and Generation in Reformation Germany *
In 1545, Walther Hermann Ryff (ca. 1500-48), a sometime apothecary turned writer, published a book on the "secrets of nature" which he called the New Albertus Magnus. (1) The first part of this work was devoted to the "secrets of women" and consisted...
Books Received
BIBLIOGRAPHY AND REFERENCE: Simonsohn, Shlomo. The Jews in Sicily Vol. 3: 1392-1414. Boston and Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2001. xii + 560 pp. index, gloss. $234. ISBN: 90-04-12168-4. Tranchedini, Nicodemo. Vocabolario italiano-latino:...
Donatello's Gattamelata and Its Humanist Audience *
Italian Renaissance sculpture frequently demonstrates the re-discovery of classical antiquity. (1) In the Renaissance the influence of Greek art was almost always filtered through Roman copies. But there may have been instances when Renaissance...
From Cicero to Tasso: Humanism and the Education of the Novarese Parish Clergy (1565-1663) *
The humanistic program of education was one of the most important legacies left by the Renaissance to early modern society; The humane disciplines of grammar, letters, poetry, history, rhetoric, and moral philosophy, inculcated from the authors...
Leonardo Bruni and Biography: The Vita Aristotelis
Leonardo Bruni's life of Aristotle, written in 1429, (1) has come under increased scrutiny in recent years. A learned article has been flanked by two new editions of the text, both armed with introductions, notes, and critical apparatus. (2) It...
The 'Opicius' Poems (British Library, Cotton Vespasian B. Iv) and the Humanist Anti-Literature in Early Tudor England
The humanist Latin poetry surviving in deluxe presentation copies from the early Tudor period in England, especially the reign of Henry VII (1485-1509), when such poetry began to be written in some quantity has paradoxical social properties. On...
The Short, Lascivious Lives of Two Venetian Theaters, 1580-85 *
Studies of the theater architecture of the Italian Renaissance have mainly focused on two issues. One is the reconstruction of ancient theaters on paper by humanist architects such as Alberti or Palladio. (1) The second is the construction, by ruling...