The effects of the Italian Renaissance are still with us today, from the incomparable paintings of Leonardo da Vinci to the immortal writings of Petrarch and Machiavelli. But why was there such an artistic, cultural, and intellectual explosion in Italy at the start of the 14th century? Why did it occur in Italy? And why in certain Italian city-states such as Florence? Professor Bartlett probes these questions and more in 36 dynamic lectures. This is your opportunity to appreciate the results of the Italian Renaissance and gain an understanding of the underlying social, political, and economic forces that made such exceptional art and culture possible. At the heart of Renaissance Italy were the city-states, home to the money, intellect, and talent needed for the growth of Renaissance culture. You'll look at the Republic of Florence, as well as other city-states that, thanks to geographical and historical circumstances, had much different political and social structures. This course contains a wealth of details that will give you a feel and appreciation for the Italian Renaissance - its contributions to history, the ways it was similar and dissimilar to our times, and how the people of the time, both famous and ordinary, experienced it. You'll come away surprised by how much of our modern life was made possible by the Renaissance. Our concept of participatory government, our belief in the value of competition, our philosophy of the content and purpose of education, even our notions of love all have roots in the Renaissance period. Its loftiest ideals - the importance of the individual, the value of human dignity and potential, and the promotion of freedom - are ones we embrace as our own.
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by Kenneth Bartlett
by Kenneth W. Harl
by Kenneth P. Vickery
"The Italian Renaissance is a romantic and intrinsically interesting era. Professor Bartlett approaches the subject three ways: by geography (there are lectures on Florence and Milan), by leader (he focuses on monarchs and those who are elected), and by papacy. The multidimensional approach is effective. His presentation is articulate, but the length and relentless pace prevail to make the 45-minute lectures blend in the listener's mind. He repeats himself frequently, and it's unclear whether it's for emphasis or to fill time. Listeners will be better off reading the materials included in this package to familiarize themselves with this seminal period in Western culture. A.G.H. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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