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The artistic images of women depicted as witches were varied and constitute unusual 'pieces of history' by preserving a visual record of the intellectual origins of the witchcraze, as Dale Hoak...

David Rundle looks at the current state of the humanities, asking whether we can recapture the confidence and broad cultural ambition of the Renaissance’s studia humanitatis, which sought to define what it is to be human.

Volume: 64 Issue: 9 2014

The civil war between Roman Catholics and Huguenots reached a brief peace on March 19th, 1563.

Volume: 63 Issue: 3 2013

The persecution and execution of Jews in 15th-century Italy highlights the ambiguous attitudes of Renaissance intellectuals towards Jewish people, their beliefs and their historical relationship with Christian theology, as Stephen Bowd explains.

Volume: 63 Issue: 8 2013

Nicholas Henshall examines the politics of aristocratic culture in Europe between 1650 and 1750.

Volume: 63 Issue: 11 2013

Alexander Lee admires an article by Frederick Godfrey from 1952, reflecting new attitudes towards the Renaissance.

Volume: 63 Issue: 7 2013

Jan Gossaert made his name working for the Burgundian court and was among the first northern artists to visit Rome, writes Susan Foister, curator of 'Jan Gossaert's Renaissance', the only exhibition in more than 45 years of works by this archetypal ‘Old Master’.

Volume: 61 Issue: 2 2011

At what point did it begin to matter what you wore? Ulinka Rublack looks at why the Renaissance was a turning point in people’s attitudes to clothes and their appearance.

Volume: 61 Issue: 1 2011

Miri Rubin explores the medieval galleries at the V&A and the British Museum.

Volume: 60 Issue: 4 2010

Lucy Wooding introduces a highly significant, but often much misunderstood, cultural force.

Issue: 64 2009

R.J. Knecht looks at the ­practical considerations behind the smooth operation of the huge courts of the Valois kings of France.

Volume: 57 Issue: 7 2007

Vincent Barnett reveals that there is more to Machiavelli than his notorious reputation.

Issue: 56 2006

Richard Cavendish marks the demise of an important Renaissance figure, on March 20th, 1656.

Volume: 56 Issue: 3 2006

The artist, scientist, botanist, anatomist, engineer, inventor and all-round genius Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) used paper in a unique way.

Volume: 56 Issue: 9 2006

The beliefs of the man who painted some of the most famous Christian images are shrouded in mystery. Alex Keller coaxes Leonardo da Vinci’s thoughts out of some little-known personal writings.

Volume: 56 Issue: 9 2006
Scot McKendrick introduces a major new exhibition of Flemish manuscript illumination opening at the Royal Academy.
Volume: 53 Issue: 12 2003

Jon Cook identifies the mix of factors that helps explain the Florentine Renaissance.

Issue: 47 2003

Stewart MacDonald introduces the humanist scholar whose writings made him one of the most significant figures of 16th-century Europe.  

Issue: 36 2000

Valery Rees looks at the Florentine scholar Marsilio Ficino and finds a man whose work still speaks to us today.

Volume: 49 Issue: 7 1999

Robert Hole examines the often misunderstood careers of Lorenzo the Magnificent and his brother Giuliano, whose power in Renaissance Florence was wielded with great subtlety and skill.

Issue: 33 1999

Renaissance Venetians developed a sophisticated technology for keeping the city’s vital waterways free from silt and in the process, as Joseph Black explains, created a unique landscape that inspired travellers and painters.

Volume: 48 Issue: 4 1998
The social, sexual and demonic power of women was an important theme in the popular print of Germany and the Low Countries in the 16th century, as Julia Nurse shows.
Volume: 48 Issue: 7 1998

Richard Hodges wanders through the medieval village of Rocca in Tuscany.

Volume: 46 Issue: 10 1996
David Abulafia reassesses the life and motives of a notorious ruler and the complex web of Renaissance diplomacy involving him which led up to the Italian wars.
Volume: 45 Issue: 2 1995

Lois Banner looks at coded messages of gender, sexuality and domination that preceded baggy trousers.

Issue: 22 1995

Luke Syson examines how artifice, art and political calculation combined to produce medal portraits by Sperandio of Mantua for two of Renaissance Italy's "warhorses", Giovanni Bentivoglio and Federico da Montelfeltro.

Volume: 45 Issue: 4 1995
A ruler in transition - Howell Lloyd looks at the icons of power that masked the face of French kingship around 1500.
Volume: 42 Issue: 2 1992

William Sessions on the connections of the charismatic courtier-poet who in a short and ill-fated life bridged the aristocratic Renaissance cultures of the Continent and the lifestyle of Henry VIII's court.

Volume: 41 Issue: 6 1991

The murder of two French envoys on the river Po in the summer of 1541 not only provoked a diplomatic whodunnit round the courts of Europe, but also throws light on attitudes to diplomacy in the Renaissance world. Linda and Marsha Frey tell the story and its implications.

Volume: 40 Issue: 8 1990
Alison Brown evaluates the life and scholarship of the great German historian of Renaissance Italy and his seminal influence on Western cultural history.
Volume: 38 Issue: 10 1988

J.S. Cummins considers the impact of syphilis on the 16th-century world – a tale of rapid spread, guilt, scapegoats and wonder-cures, with an uncomfortable modern resonance.

Volume: 38 Issue: 8 1988

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