Drawing, memory and invention -- Architecture, education, and the antique -- The figure and the frame -- Architecture as subject."In this engaging and handsome book, Cammy Brothers takes an unusual approach to Michelangelo's architectural designs, arguing that they are best understood in terms of his experience as a painter and sculptor. Unlike previous studies, which have focused on the built projects and considered the drawings only insofar as they illuminate those buildings, this book analyses his designs as an independent source of insight into the mechanisms of Michelangelo's imagination. Brothers gives equal weight to the unbuilt designs, and suggests that some of Michelangelo's most radical ideas remained on paper." "Brothers explores the idea of drawing as a mode of thinking, using its evidence to reconstruct the process by which Michelangelo arrived at new ideas. By turning the flexibility and fluidity of his figurative drawing methods to the subject of architecture, Michelangelo demonstrated how it could match the expressive possibilities of painting and sculpture."--Jacket.
v. 1. Phaedrus and Ion / edited and translated by Michael J.B. Allen. Volume 1 contains analysis and commentary on the 'Phaedrus', which is explicated as a meditation on 'beauty in all its forms' and a work of theology. The commentary on the 'Ion' explores a poetics of divine inspiration that leads to the Neoplatonist portrayal of the soul as a rhapsode whose song is an ascent into the mind of God.
Scala, Bartolomeo, Renée Neu Watkins, and Alison Brown. 2008. Essays and Dialogues. I Tatti Renaissance library ; 31. Vol. 31. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 31, xviii, 314 p.Abstract
Letter on the philosophical sects -- Whether a wise man should marry (1457-1459?) -- Dialogue of consolation -- Preface to the "Cosimo de' Medici collection" -- Dialogue on laws and legal judgments / translated by David Marsh -- Defense against the detractors of Florence -- Note on the text -- Notes to the text -- Notes to the translation.
Landino, Cristoforo, and Mary P Chatfield. 2008. Poems. Vol. 35. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 35, xxv, 398 p.
Nicholas of Cusa, Cardinal, and Thomas M Izbicki. 2008. Writings on Church and Reform. I Tatti Renaissance library ; 33. Vol. 33. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 33, xx, 663 p.Abstract
To the Bohemians: on the use of communion -- Is the authority of the holy councils greater than that of the pope? -- On presidential authority in a general council -- Oration at the Diet of Frankfurt -- That it is necessary to withdraw from neutrality or indecision -- Against suspension of allegiance -- A dialogue against the Amedeists -- Sermon 21: "Entering into the house" -- Letter to the Bohemians on church unity -- Letter to Rodrigo Sánchez de Arévalo -- Sermon 126: "Thou art Peter" -- Sermon 144: "I shall give thee the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven" -- Sermon 160: "Thou art Peter" -- Sermon 287: "Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona" -- Sermon 280: "I am the Good Shepherd" -- Sermon 290: "When I shall be sanctified" -- A general reform of the church."Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464), widely considered the most important original philosopher of the Renaissance, was born in Kues on the Moselle River. A polymath who studied canon law and became a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, he wrote principally on speculative theology, philosophy, and church policies. As a political thinker he is best known for De concordantia catholica, which presented a blueprint for peace in an age of ecclesiastical discord." "This volume makes most of Nicholas's other writings on Church and reform available in English for the first time, including legal tracts arguing the case of Pope Eugenius IV against the conciliarists, theological examinations of the nature of the Church, and writings on reform of the papacy and curia. Among the works translated are an early draft of De concordantia catholica and the Letter to Rodrigo Sanchez de Arevalo, which discusses the Church in light of the Cusan idea of "learned ignorance.""--Jacket.
Architecture and civic ideology in fourteenth-century Siena -- Imperial visit of Sigismund of Luxemburg: the urban experience of ritual (1432-1453) -- Urban renewal and domestic architecture between the imperial visits of Sigismund I (1432) and Frederick III (1453) -- Pius II Piccolomini and architectural patronage in Siena -- 'La città magnificata': urban magnificence and civic image -- Word on the street: the strada romana and its users (c. 1460-1480) -- Rewriting the city's pasts in stone: humanists, antiquarians and the built fabric -- Palaces, politics and history: the architecture of the Novesco oligarchy -- Stratified city: oligarchy and urban form.