|Module Code: IT324|
|Module Name: Topics in Renaissance Thought and Culture|
|Module Coordinator: Professor David Lines|
|Not Running 2023-24|
|Module Credits: 15|
Introduction to Renaissance Florence
Widely regarded as the 'cradle of the Renaissance', in the fifteenth century especially Florence experienced a remarkable flourishing of literature and the arts: it is strongly associated with figures such as Leon Battista Alberti, Filippo Brunelleschi, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Medici family (as well as, later on, Michelangelo, Niccolò Machiavelli, and Francesco Guicciardini). But what, precisely, lay behind these developments, and was Florence really quite as isolated in its glory as its portrayal often suggests? This module will examine various aspects of Florence's history and cultural production, up to the start in 1494 of the 'wars of Italy'. It will go through the fifteenth century in chronological sequence, pausing along the way to discuss and evaluate some signal cultural developments and compare the Florentine context with what was happening elsewhere in the Italian Peninsula.
Primary readings will be available in both the original and English translation.
Overview of the Module
Italy in the Age of the Renaissance 1300–1550, ed. by John M. Najemy (Oxford University Press, 2004; also as library E-Book).
This module is assessed via two essays:
Short essay 1200 words (30%)
Long essay 3000 words (70%)