Renaissance and Renascences in Western Art

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Westview Press, 1972 - Art - 242 pages
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Renaissance and Renascences in Western Art spans the period from the 10th to the 15th century, including discussion of the Carolingian renaissance and the 12th century proto-renaissance. Erwin Panofsky posits that there were "reanscences" prior to the widely known Renaissance that began in Italy in the 14th century. Whereas earlier renascences can be classified as revivals, the Renaissance was a unique instance that led to a wider cultural transformation.
 

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Page 93 - but made his own people go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock. And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies".
Page 113 - was lost like Milton's Paradise and capable of being regained only in the spirit. The classical past was looked upon, for the first time, as a totality cut off from the present; and, therefore, as an ideal to be longed for instead of a reality to be both utilized and feared.
Page 10 - for you, if you should long outlive me, as my soul hopes and wishes, there is perhaps a better age in store; this slumber of forgetfulness will not last forever. After the darkness has been dispelled, our grandsons will be able to walk back into the pure radiance of the past".
Page 7 - the most famous and brilliant example of a cultural rebirth which coincides with and runs parallel to a revival of classical culture; but today it no longer needs to be proved that there has been a permanent tendency of revival throughout the last millennia of Western civilization".*
Page 118 - media; it is not too much of an exaggeration to say that the history of
Page 93 - he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies".
Page 111 - historically but pragmatically, as something far-off yet, in a sense, still alive and, therefore, at once potentially useful and potentially dangerous. It is significant that the classical philosophers and poets
Page 7 - so sharp as it seemed to the humanists and their modern followers, while within the Middle Ages there were intellectual revivals
Page 10 - After the darkness has been dispelled, our grandsons will be able to walk back into the pure radiance of the past".
Page 11 - a purification of Latin diction and grammar, a revival of Greek and a return from medieval compilers, commentators and originators to the old classical

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Erwin Panofsky (1892-1968) taught at the University of Hamburg, New York University, Princeton University, and Harvard University. Jeffrey Chipps Smith is Kay Fortson Chair in European Art at the University of Texas, Austin. His books include "Sensuous Worship" (Princeton).

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