Longing for India

Longing for India

October 17, 2014

The library's current display features evocative vintage photographs of monuments in south Asia from Berenson's photo collection, marking their purchase a century ago. See the accompanying entry in the "Highlights from the Collections" column.  

Apply Online for Fellowships

Apply Online for Fellowships

October 3, 2014

 Apply now for I Tatti (one year, PhD required), Mellon (3-6 months), Smyth (3 months), Tobey (New!, for the study of prints and drawings; 3 Months), VIT-RCAC (one semester), and Graduate (one semester).

What we do

what we doI Tatti is dedicated to advanced research in any aspect of the Italian Renaissance. Read more

Upcoming Events

Nov 20

Fellows Seminar I

2:30pm to 6:00pm


Gould Hall

•    Francesco Borghesi, "Concordia" in the Renaissance
•    Alessandro Polcri, Il cittadino ideale: in difesa della magnificenza di Cosimo de’ Medici
•    Dario Brancato, Benedetto Varchi’s Storia fiorentina and its Ideological Appropriations


Featured Publications

Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance
Palmer, Ada. 2014. Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance. Harvard University Press. Publisher's VersionAbstract
This volume explores scholars’ use of Lucretius’ Epicurean didactic poem De Rerum Natura from its rediscovery in 1417 to 1600, focusing on the challenges its atomistic physics posed to Christian patterns of thought. In a period when atheism was often considered a sign of madness, the sudden availability of a sophisticated system that explained natural phenomena in non-theistic ways, and that argued powerfully against the immortality of the soul, the afterlife, and a creator God, threatened to supply the one weapon unbelief had lacked in the Middle Ages: good answers. At the same time, humanist scholars who idealized ancient Rome were eager to study a poem whose language and structure so often anticipated their beloved Aeneid. This book uncovers humanist methods for reconciling Christian and pagan philosophy, and shows how atomism and ideas of emergent order and natural selection, so critical to our current thinking, became situated in Europe’s intellectual landscape at the beginning of the scientific transformations of the seventeenth century. It employs a new quantitative method for analyzing marginalia in manuscripts and printed books, whose results expose how changes in scholarly reading practices over the course of the sixteenth century, fostered by the growth of printing, controlled the circulation of texts and gradually expanded Europe’s receptivity to radical science, setting the stage for the scientific revolution.