The extraordinary creative energy of Renaissance Italy lies at the heart of modern western culture. So it is with great excitement that we can announce A Short History of the Italian Renaissance as the latest book to be commissioned for our Short Histories series.
Written by Virginia Cox, Professor of Italian at New York University, the book will go beyond art and architecture, and explore topics as varied as food, dance and dress, from the 13th to the 16th century, when Italy led the world in painting, building, science, literature and music.
In addition to exploring how and why medieval Italy exploded into a new era of self-confidence – where a rediscovery of classical authors and their philosophical principles coincided with the political and economic rise of Florence, Venice and Rome – Cox also adds some much needed evaluation of the role of women, both as patrons of the arts and creative artists in their own right. ‘Renaissance woman’, Cox will argue, is as important a legacy as ‘Renaissance man’.
Due to be published in September 2015, now all we have to do is wait 33 months.
More details about the book can be found here.
Top image shows a detail from Leonardo da Vinci's Annuciation (c. 1472-75)