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    Ingrid D. Rowland(Author)

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From the revelations of classical statuary pulled from the Roman soil as the popes began rebuilding the city in the fifteenth century, to the myth of serenity that Venice constructed to conceal its physical and political fragility, to bloody yet cultured Florence under the Medici, Ingrid D. Rowland traces the worldly, unworldly, and otherworldly strivings of artists, writers, popes, and politicians during that great "outburst of mental energy" we know as the Renaissance.



Here are Botticelli, whose illustrations for the Divine Comedy reveal him to be one of Dante's most careful readers; the multifaceted genius of Leonardo; the mastery of Titian and the brilliance of artists like Correggio and Caravaggio; the enigmatic erotic novel Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, the decoding of which was the subject of the recent novel The Rule of Four; the Western fascination with Egypt; and the spiritual ferment of late Byzantium, which as it collapsed passed on so many ideas to Renaissance Italy.

"Ingrid Rowland's amazing essays are over the top and down the other side. They pop, they sparkle, they inform, and they add up to a rich and vivid mosaic of Renaissance culture, its ancient sources, and its contemporary interpreters. Above all, they show us why deep scholarship and high style matter so much in this gray age of the world's history." -Anthony Grafton ..".as a brightly lit bustle through widely scattered topics, "From Heaven to Arcadia "offers pleasures on almost every page....the essays are celebrations of the glories of the Renaissance and those who write about them." -Theodore K. Rabb, "The Times Literary Supplement" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • PDF | 324 pages
  • Ingrid D. Rowland(Author)
  • NYRB Collections (1 May 2007)
  • English
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  • By Charles Freeman on 16 October 2007

    Ingrid Rowland deserves to be more widely read in the United Kingdom. She combines searching scholarship with an appreciation of the importance of maintaining a humane understanding of intellectual issues. This selection of essays, from the New York Review of Books, is a good starting place. (It is a pity that so many of her other works are so expensive!) Here she explores the complexity of the Renaissance and its interaction of 'sacred' and 'profane' as the finest minds and artists of the period grappled with the reappearance of the classical past. As someone who loves Rome, I am so pleased she is settled there at the American School to keep us up to date with the way the city's relationship with its past is evolving.

  • By oliveratnorwich on 4 September 2015

    A marvellous collection of review essays for the New York review of books by a distinguished Renaissance scholar.


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