The result is an appealing picture of a Quattrocento
poised for one magical moment between the Middle Ages and modernity; between the rigidity of ecclesiastical ritual and theological doctrine, on the one hand, and, on the other, the heavy, self-conscious overlay of academicism, criticism, historiography, and theory first imposed in the sixteenth century and very much still with us.
The book begins with a very helpful account of the Lanfredini family--a small patrician lineage of no great age or distinction--in the Quattrocento
, and then methodically takes its most famous son through his decade as the representative of the Medici bank in Venice in the 1470s.
He was a favored painter of the Medici family, the most powerful family in quattrocento
Chapter 5, entitled "The Spectacle of a Woman's Devotion," considers what Frazier terms "the most innovative of the Quattrocento
humanists' vitae et passiones sanctorum" (221), Giacomo da Udine's life of a contemporary, devout widow named Elena of Udine (d.
Over the last thirty years considerable scholarly activity has been devoted to literary production in the Italian vernacular during the Quattrocento
, conclusively underlining just how much the traditional epithet of 'secolo senza poesia' is a distortion of the truth.
In the Quattrocento
, Bruni clearly inferred from his personal experience as an author that ancient Romans were obliged to study Latin in order to achieve literary elegance.
Yet in Quattrocento
studies, the Baronian model has, Hankins tells us, "gone virtually unchallenged" (p.
The present exhibition, designed by Mario Bellini, is ambitious -- this is a big building after all -- nothing less than a reassessment of Quattrocento
and Cinquecento architecture in Italy.
See Elizabeth I; French Renaissance; humanism; quattrocento
She uses these commentaries to argue that Quattrocento
copies of the poem abounded because of Roman antiquarian interest, an interest shared by the members of the Roman Academy.
A Renaissance Architecture of Power: Princely Palaces in the Italian Quattrocento