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Cultural rebirth of Europe between about 1350 and about 1550. It originated in northern Italian city-states such as Florence, spreading across Europe to other centers. The Renaissance revived the... read more

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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...

Three texts dealing with the transition from the Renaissance to the Modern Age
Volume: 36 Issue: 7 1986
Peter Burke considers the various works dealing with the Renaissance
Volume: 35 Issue: 4 1985

The trade guilds of Venice, explains Richard Mackenney, were organisations with a surprising amount of political and economic power in the patrician Renaissance city.

Volume: 34 Issue: 5 1984

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 discusses here.

Volume: 31 Issue: 2 1981

According to Lindsey A.J. Hughes, Peter the Great's programme of Westernisation was neither as unheralded nor such a break with the past as has sometimes been suggested.

Volume: 30 Issue: 2 1980
David Nicholls examines the central position of Satan in early modern French popular culture.
Volume: 30 Issue: 11 1980
Hinduism in the late nineteenth century, explains Lenah Leneman, experienced a revival that was to reawaken its devotees to their ancient faith, expose them to Christian and Muslim ideas, and finally to make its influence felt as far afield as America.
Volume: 30 Issue: 5 1980

Much of our evidence for the past comes from paintings and sculpture. But how reliable is this source? Kenneth Clark examines the history of forgeries in art and discusses the motives of the forgers and the reasons for which what now seem to us obvious forgeries were accepted in their time as authentic. He concludes with a discussion of the ethical problems raised by forgeries.

Volume: 29 Issue: 11 1979

Francis J. Bremer introduces a true Renaissance man; Thomas Hariot, man of action and ideas.

Volume: 29 Issue: 10 1979

William Amelia describes how Baldassare Castiglione's popular book on courtly manners invoked the elegance and charm of Renaissance life, and went on to influence Europe for centuries.

Volume: 28 Issue: 9 1978

From A.D. 400, writes E.R. Chamberlin, imperial Rome was subject to pillage and plunder, but Popes in the Renaissance destroyed in order to rebuild.

Volume: 28 Issue: 5 1978

Elka Schrijver describes the art and making of a northern Renaissance man.

Volume: 28 Issue: 2 1978

The Renaissance in Italy, writes Alan Haynes, was enhanced by the arrival of scholars from Byzantium towards the end of the fourteenth century.

Volume: 27 Issue: 5 1977

A veteran of Poitiers, writes Neil Ritchie, John Hawkwood served as a mercenary in Italy; twenty years in the service of Florence.

Volume: 27 Issue: 10 1977

Michael Greenhalgh describes how a masterpiece of fifteenth-century Italian art was for a long time used as an ashtray, only to pass into the national collections.

Volume: 26 Issue: 11 1976

Scholar, humanist, aristocrat, Barbaro achieved distinction in many fields, and served the Venetian Republic well, as Alan Haynes records.

Volume: 25 Issue: 12 1975

Though he had begun life as an energetic mercenary soldier, writes Alan Haynes, the Duke of Urbino became a celebrated humanist and a generous patron of contemporary art and learning.

Volume: 24 Issue: 7 1974

Alan Haynes profiles a satirist, playwright and man of letters; Aretino led a prodigal and adventurous life in late Renaissance Italy.

Volume: 22 Issue: 5 1972

H. Ross Williamson profiles the life and career of Cardinal Reginald Pole: cousin to Henry VIII; once Papal candidate; ‘a humanist of European reputation’; Pole spent much of his life abroad, in an artistic and philosophical circle that included Michelangelo.

Volume: 20 Issue: 1 1970

M.J. Tucker describes how, although he may have looked rather like a medieval miser, Henry VII attracted to his Court some of the best minds of the Renaissance

Volume: 19 Issue: 5 1969

Stephen Usherwood shows how Rembrandt’s genius gives a vivid impression of 17th-century Holland.

Volume: 19 Issue: 9 1969

G.R. Potter describe show, during the 15th and 16th centuries the scholarship of the humanists and theologians was fused at Basel into something characteristically Swiss.

Volume: 14 Issue: 4 1964

Ernestro Landi assesses Machiavelli, his theories as well as the life of the historical character. Translated by Maurice Cranston.

Volume: 14 Issue: 8 1964

John Gage gauges the impact of Italian influences trickling through to Britain until the 17th century.

Volume: 10 Issue: 10 1960

F.M. Godfrey describes how, during the fifteenth century, the courtly civilization of Ferrara gave birth to splendid works of art.

Volume: 4 Issue: 5 1954

The Italian prince who boasted that the Pope was his chaplain, and the Emperor his condottiere, ended his days in 1508, forgotten in a foreign prison

Volume 3: Issue: 10 1953

Stella Mary Pearce uses the example of the Renaissance to reflect on the links between interesting times and their fashions.

Volume: 2 Issue: 6 1952

Da Vinci's scientific observations proved inseparable from his intentions as a painter, Kenneth Clark writes. But as a disciple of experience ahead of his time, the impracticability of Da Vinci's visions would come to haunt him.

Volume: 2 Issue: 5 1952

F.M. Godfrey sifts through diverse depictions of Italy's Renaissance family.

Volume: 2 Issue: 3 1952

Sir Kenneth Clark discovers echoes of both ancient and modern in a true Renaissance man.

1951 Volume: 1 Issue: 7

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