Scholarly Resource Alert! A freely available resource, Italian Renaissance Learning Resources features eight units, each of which explores a different theme in Italian Renaissance art.
A New World of Learning: “When evening comes, I return home and go into my study. On the threshold I strip off my muddy, sweaty workday clothes, and put on the robes of court and palace, and in this graver dress I enter the antique courts of the ancients and am welcomed by them… . And for the space of four hours … I pass into their world.”These words by Niccolò Machiavelli (1469–1527)capture the devotion to the life of the mind that epitomized Renaissance humanism. This unit explores that world.
Image credit: Matteo de’ Pasti, Winged Human Eye, bronze, Samuel H. Kress Collection. Image courtesy of the Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art.