This book brings together a bold revision of the traditional view
of the Renaissance with a new comparative synthesis of global
empires in early modern Europe. It examines the rise of a virulent
form of Renaissance scholarship, art, and architecture that had as
its aim the revival of the cultural and political grandeur of the
Roman Empire in Western Europe. Imperial humanism, a distinct form
of humanism, emerged in the earliest stages of the Italian
Renaissance as figures such as Petrarch, Guarino, and Biondo sought
to revive and advance the example of the Caesars and their empire.
Originating in the courts of Ferrara, Mantua, and Rome, this
movement also revived ancient imperial iconography in painting and
sculpture, as well as Vitruvian architecture. While the Italian
princes never realized their dream of political power equal to the
ancient emperors, the Imperial Renaissance they set in motion
reached its full realization in the global empires of sixteenth-
and seventeenth-century Spain, France, and Great Britain.
Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
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Thomas James Dandelet
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