Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism

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Edited by : Manfred Landfester

For the thinkers, artists and scholars of the Renaissance, antiquity was a major source of inspiration; it provided renewed modes of scholarship, led to corrections of received doctrine and proved a wellspring of new achievements in almost every area of human life. The 130 articles in this volume cover not only well known figures of the Renaissance such as Copernicus, Dürer, and Erasmus but also overall themes such as architecture, agriculture, economics, philosophy and philology as well as many others.

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Author(s): Schirrmeister, Albert (Paris)
A. Concept and ancient originsHumanist H. comprised the narrative portrayal and interpretation of customs, political history, culture and civilization, and theoretical reflection on the activity of H. itself. Its implicit and explicit theoretical assumptions were as diverse as its subject areas and the contexts of its production. Few elements can be identified as common to all Humanist H. Unlike medieval Christian histories, it relied on no foundations of salvation history and it repudiated a geneal…
Date: 2016-11-24

History painting

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Author(s): Ruby, Sigrid (Gießen)
A. Introduction The genre of H. includes portrayals of historical events and religious, literary, mythological and allegorical narratives, and it has been known in Europe since Classical Antiquity. Thematic range varied over the centuries. During the Middle Ages, religious themes dominated, alongside the profane narratives (e.g. from ancient mythology) that proliferated during the Renaissance. In part because of the fragility of the medium, no paintings had survived from Greek or Roman …
Date: 2016-11-24