The Resource The early Renaissance and vernacular culture, Charles Dempsey

The early Renaissance and vernacular culture, Charles Dempsey

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The early Renaissance and vernacular culture
Title
The early Renaissance and vernacular culture
Statement of responsibility
Charles Dempsey
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Why do the paintings and poetry of the Italian Renaissance{u2014}a celebration of classical antiquity{u2014}also depict the Florentine countryside populated with figures dressed in contemporary silk robes and fleur-de-lys crowns? Dempsey argues that a fusion of classical form with contemporary content was the defining characteristic of the period
  • Why do the paintings and poetry of the Italian Renaissance{u2014}a celebration of classical antiquity{u2014}also depict the Florentine countryside populated with figures dressed in contemporary silk robes and fleur-de-lys crowns? Upending conventional interpretations of this well-studied period, Charles Dempsey argues that a fusion of classical form with contemporary content, once seen as the paradox of the Renaissance, can be better understood as its defining characteristic. Dempsey describes how Renaissance artists deftly incorporated secular and popular culture into their creations, just as they interwove classical and religious influences. Inspired by the love lyrics of Parisian troubadours, Simone Martini altered his fresco Maestà in 1321 to reflect a court culture that prized terrestrial beauty. As a result the Maestà scandalously revealed, for the first time in Italian painting, a glimpse of the Madonna{u2019}s golden locks. Modeled on an ancient statue, Botticelli{u2019}s Birth of Venus went much further, featuring fashionable beauty ideals of long flowing blonde hair, ivory skin, rosy cheeks, and perfectly arched eyebrows. In the only complete reconstruction of Feo Belcari{u2019}s twelve Sybilline Octaves, Dempsey shows how this poet, patronized by the Medici family, was also indebted to contemporary dramatic modes. Popularizing biblical scenes by mixing the familiar with the exotic, players took the stage outfitted in taffeta tunics and fanciful hats, and one staging even featured a papier maché replica of Jonah{u2019}s Whale. As Dempsey{u2019}s thorough study illuminates, Renaissance poets and artists did not simply reproduce classical aesthetics but reimagined them in vernacular idioms
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Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
709.45
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
NX552.A1
LC item number
D45 2012eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
The Bernard Berenson lectures on the Italian Renaissance
Label
The early Renaissance and vernacular culture, Charles Dempsey
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
List of illustrations -- Introduction -- Courtly lyric I. Simone Martini, French courtly lyric, and the vernacular -- Courtly lyric II. Sandro Botticelli and Poliziano : humanist learning and the vernacular -- Civic ritual I. Cardinal Orsini's paintings and Baccio Baldini's engravings of the Sibyls : humanist learning and vernacular drama -- Civic ritual II. Reconstructing the vernacular octaves with the prophecies of the twelve Sibyls -- Appendix. Cardinal Orsini's twelve Sibyls and their prophecies in vernacular octaves reconstructed
Control code
ocn776588131
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 384 pages)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674062733
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
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22573/ctt1j3kv8
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not applicable
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.b3689946x
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)776588131
  • acls0674062736

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