A Short History of the Italian Renaissance

A Short History of the Italian Renaissance


Virginia Cox's A Short History of the Italian Renaissance offers a fresh vision of the iconic moment in European cultural history, when between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries Italy led the world in painting, building, science and literature.

Emphasising the regional diversity of the country, this work explores key artistic, literary and intellectual developments whilst also looking at histories of food and fashion, map-making, exploration and anatomy. Alongside towering figures such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Petrarch, Machiavelli and Isabella d'Este, Cox reveals a cast of lesser-known protagonists including printers, travel writers, actresses, courtesans, explorers, inventors and even celebrity chefs.

“This is a short and pithy book by an outstanding scholar at the top of her game. Prioritizing literature, it uses newly-discovered or unfamiliar writings to re-describe social classes, as well as topics like individualism and gender. Its innovative chapters on "Renaissance Man" and - especially - "Renaissance Woman" help to reset the agenda for understanding the Italian Renaissance, making this book an invaluable twenty-first-century guide, not only for students but for the rest of us as well.” – Alison Brown, Emerita Professor of Italian Renaissance History, Royal Holloway, University of London

Product Code 1041439
Author Virginia Cox
Publisher I. B. Tauris
Published Sept 2015
Format Paperback
Pages 256
Dimensions 13.9 x 1.7 x 21.8 cm
ISBN 9781784530785
GTIN 9781784530785
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