Tag: The Renaissance

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Durant’s last chapter on the Renaissance covers a lot of ground: essentially all of Italy, excepting Venice, from the sack of Rome to the end of the 16th century. To my surprise, here is the only acknowledgment of the global trends that affected Italy in the 16th century: Portuguese exploration that bypassed Italy as the […]

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When Charles V sacked Rome in 1527, that marked the end of the Renaissance in Italy. Only, not quite. In the years following, there was a last great flowering of art and culture in Venice, largely because that is where Titian was. But first, Durant wants to tell us about Aretino. Totally forgotten today, Aretino […]

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When Barbara Tuchman, writing in ‘The March of Folly’ comes to Pope Clement VII, the last of the Renaissance Popes, it is as the culmination of a long series of follies committed by feckless popes who squandered the moral authority of the Catholic church. The result was the overwhelming of the church by the Reformation, […]

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