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Marsilio Ficino's ideas on love, cosmology, the contemplative life, and the immortality of the soul transformed Europe, inspiring art and shaping attitudes for centuries to come. After examining his attempts to reconcile Christian authority with Renaissance individualism, this study shows how his synthesis of Platonic, Christian, and courtly love influenced the thought of two of his successors, Pietro Bembo and Baldassare Castiglione. While the former contributed in large measure to the spread of Petrarchism, which was steadily determining the style and tone of the best poetry of the age, the latter created a work of richness and complexity, which is seen as a representation of the Renaissance itself. Dr. Raffini's overview, meant to address a need among students of Renaissance literature, history, and art, succeeds as well in making these three innovative thinkers accessible and relevant to the general reader.
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The Author: Christine Raffini received her Ph.D. in French Renaissance literature from Pennsylvania State University and, for the past thirteen years, has been teaching French and Italian at the University of Miami. She has published in professional journals on such topics as Renaissance poetry, Rabelais, Balzac, and on the search for the garden of Eden. Her book-length study, The Second Sequence in Maurice Scève's 'Délie', deals with the underlying numerical design found in this collection of poetry.Review:
«By her deft juxtaposition of Castiglione, Bembo and Ficino, Christine Raffini has arrived at a masterful and needed synthesis of Renaissance Platonism. After a thorough and sensitive analysis of the contradictions and complements of body and spirit in these three giants of their epoch, she brings to the fore her own interpretive harmonies of opposites with an admirable contiguity of 'res/verba/Verbum'. Ultimately this study is an excellent vindication of the periodization of the Renaissance - a notion on occasion discredited.» (Marcel Tetel, Professor of French, Duke University)
«This work expands and refines many of the assumptions about Ficino's impact on successive generations of Renaissance writers. As Raffini's study argues so persuasively, his syncretist approach to major philosophical, esthetic, and political currents of the period came to shape the attitudes and sensibilities of the two major Italian vernacular writers of the early 1500s.» (Glyn P. Norton, Adsit Professor of International Studies, Williams College)
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Book Description Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers, 1998. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. This is a very clean copy.There are no markings to the text. There is some minor shelf/handling wear to the cover. Seller Inventory # 1121814