Medieval Legacy -- Unit 01

From Medieval to Renaissance - Finding the Transition Point


Mental Renaissance -- Humanism replaces/adds to Scholasticism

Benedict and Scholastica
Influence of Aquinas and Thomism
Literary prerequisites -- two seemingly opposing trends
Rise of vernacular literature
Interest in and attempts at emulation of the classics in Latin
Finding the source material
Documents and books
Analysis and criticism
(Not deconstruction)
Printing makes literature widely available

The Late Medieval literary "big three":

Petrarch, and
Artistic prerequisites
Medieval replacement of Byzantine art with "Westen" art
"Rediscovery"? or "Rebirth"? -- Il Instauro? o Il Rinascimento?
In either case a willingness to break loose

"Charlemagne's renaissance" was cut short by expenditures connected with family disunity and wars.  Charlemagne himself had tried to use the divisio regnorum system to divide his empire, but only one of his sons, Louis, survived him.  Louis was more successful in breaking up the Carolingian domains -- his four legitimate sons (by two wives: 3 + 1) fought wars amongst themselves for their shares of Charlemagne's empire.  The Carolingians

The 12th century "Little Renaissance" ( -- cut short in Rome by the departure for Avignon
Late Medieval Artistic "big three" (and Rusuti)
Cavalini, and

Classical physical "remains" were in Rome and that's where everyone came to study them

Classical literary "remains" were in monasteries and church libraries and folks with (Roman) church connections had better access.

Where did the Renaissance start?

Petrarch and the French Troubador tradition
Florentine and other northern patrons
Where did the Renaissance go?
Roman physical remains - topography as inspiration
Monumental epigraphy
Papal patronage and commands to presence
What ancient and Medieval Rome had left behind -- see Unit 01 slides page


Other internet links:

Boccaccio on the Plague

Decameron Web

Cimabue bio

Cimabue works

Dante bio

Giotto works

Giotto bio

Petrarch Bio

Petrarch excerpts from works

General Humanist texts

Appreciation of Petrarch's works

Cavallini works (with additional links)

More Cavallini works (and links)

TKW on Cavallini and Giotto