Links Renaissance Italy

These internet links supplement A Short History of Renaissance Italy and are organized by chapter:




Digital Dante

The World of Dante

Princeton Dante Project

University of Texas Dante Worlds 

Manchester Digital Dante Blog

Vittorio Gassman recites Canto I of the Inferno

Roberto Benigni recites Canto V of the Inferno

Wikimedia “Towers of Florence”

The Metropolitan Museum of Art “Italian Painting of the Later Middle Ages” 

BBC News “Giotto frescoes ‘rediscovered’ in Florence chapel

La Scultura Italiana – Andrea Pisano 

Ron Reznick Photos of the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

Dante’s Inferno Test…Impurity, Sin…and Damnation



Decameron Web

Pasolini’s film of the Decameron…the story of Andreuccio

BBC Radio 4 Broadcast “In Our Time” on the Black Death 22 May, 2008 with Samuel Kline Cohn, Jr., 



Hanover Historical Texts Project – Petrarch 

Project Gutenberg The Sonnets, Triumphs, and Other Poems of Petrarch

“In Provence, Honoring a Poet at 6,263 Feet” New York Times July 30, 2006

Leonardo Bruni’s Panegyric to the City of Florence

The Metropolitan Museum of Art “The Rediscovery of Classical Antiquity”

The Metropolitan Museum of Art “Architecture in Renaissance Italy”

Masaccio’s Holy Trinty  National Gallery of Art – Empire of the Eye 

Lorenzo Ghiberti’s  “Gates of Paradise”



Fordham Medieval Sourcebook: Unam sanctam

The Metropolitan Museum of Art “The Papacy During the Renaissance”

Les Chapelles du Palais des Papes d’Avignon

“Rome Reborn: The Vatican Library and Renaissance Culture” Library of Congress

Leon Battista Alberti On Painting



The Metropolitan Museum of Art “The Birth and Infancy of Christ in Italian Painting”

Fordham Medieval Sourcebook San Bernardino Two Sermons on Wives and Widows

Project Gutenberg  Letters of Catherine of Siena

Intratext The Dialogue of the Serafic Virgin Catherine of Siena

Fordham Medieval Sourcebook The Golden Legend by Jacobus de Voragine

The Metropolitan Museum of Art “Paintings of Love and Marriage in the Italian Renaissance”

The Metropolitan Museum of Art  “Weddings in the Italian Renaissance”

The Metropolitan Museum of Art “Nuptial Furnishings in the Italian Renaissance”

The Metropolitan Museum of Art “Birth and the Family in the Italian Renaissance”

The Metropolitan Museum of Art “Courtship and Betrothal in the Italian Renaissance”

The Metropolitan Museum of Art “Art and Love in Renaissance Italy”

The Metropolitan Museum of Art “Domestic Art in Renaissance Italy”



Cecilia Ady, A History of Milan Under the Sforza 

Storia di Milano

Official Site of the Duomo of Milan

Certosa di Pavia

Official Site of the Castello Sforzesco

Internet Archive Janet Ross Lives of the Early Medici As Told in Their Correspondence

The Italian Renaissance, ed. Paula Findlen Anthony Molho, “Cosimo de’ Medici: Pater Patriae or Padrino?” pp.64-90

Medici Family Tree by Becky Daroff

PBS The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance

Ron Reznick Photos of the Basilica of San Lorenzo, Florence



Villa Romana del Casale Official Site

Jeff Matthews’s Naples: Life, Death & Miracles

“Stupor Mundi” site dedicated to Frederick II

Best of Sicily

Ancient History of Sicily on

Project Gutenberg Itineraries of Benjamin Tudela

Hannover Historical Texts Lorenzo Valla’s Discourse on the Forgery of the Alleged Donation of Constantine

The Metropolitan Museum of Art “Music in the Renaissance”

Metropolitan Museum of Art “Antonello da Messina”




Angelo Poliziano Stanze cominciate per la giostra del magnifico Giuliano de’ Medici, Progetto Manuzio

The Pico Project, Brown University

Oration on the Dignity of Man, translated by A. Robert Caponigri (Chicago: Regnery Publishing, 1956)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy  Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

Pico in English: A Bibliography Compiled by M. V. Dougherty

Uffizi Gallery virtual tour

3D Reconstruction of 1470s “Chain Map of Florence”

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC  Virtual Tour “Patrons and Artists in Late 15th-Century Florence”



Constitution Society. Liberty Library of Constitution Classics Selected Works of Niccolò Machiavelli



From the exhibition of the Leicester codex of Leonardo’s notebooks

Project Gutenberg Leonardo’s notebooks in Richter’s 1888 edition

Stanford Digital Michelangelo Project

Becky Daroff’s Art Revealed “Raphael Rooms”

Official site of St. Peter’s Basilica

Palazzo Farnesina – Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei

The Metropolitan Museum of Art “The Papacy and the Vatican Palace”



Open Library Francesco Guicciardini The History of Italy  translated by Austin Parke Goddard, 1763

Internet Archive  Julia Cartwright (Mrs. Ady) The Perfect Courtier: Baldassare Castiglione His Life and Letters 1478-1529, in two volumes New York, 1927

The Metropolitan Museum of Art “Profane Love and Erotic Art in the Italian Renaissance

Baldassare Castiglione The Courtier

Pathways through Literature – Ariosto

The Online Medieval and Classical Library William Stuart Rose Translation of Orlando furioso



The Metropolitan Museum of Art “Mannerism: Bronzino and his contemporaries”

Project Gutenberg Autobigraphy of Benvenuto Cellini Symonds translation

La Scultura Italiana – Benvenuto Cellini

The Metropolitan Museum of Art “Bronze Sculpture in the Renaissance”

Michelangelo Sonnets

The Medici Archive Project

Fordham Medieval Sourcebook Vasari Lives of the Artists, selections

Vasari Lives of the Artists in English and Italian

The Decrees of the Council of Trent



Accademia della Crusca

Pathways Through Literature “Torquato Tasso”

Gutenberg Project Tasso’s Jerusalem Delivered in James Fairfax’s 1600 translation

University of Chicago: Italian Women Writers

Judith Chaffee’s Commedia dell’Arte Website

Palladio’s Italian Villas

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston “Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice”

Caravaggio Foundation “Caravaggio The Complete Works”



Modern History Sourcebook: Index librorum prohibitorum, 1557-1966

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy “Tommaso Campanella”



 “Francesco Patrizi”

“Pietro Pomponazzi” 

Perseus Project Lucretius De rerum natura

Marie Boas Hall The Scientific Renaissance 1450-1630

Museo Galileo Museum of History of Science “The Medici and Science. Instruments and Machines in the Grand-Ducal Collections” 

Northwestern University “Vesalius De humani corporis fabrica”

Metropolitan Museum of Art “Anatomy in the Renaissance”

Galileo Project

Galileo Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina, translated by Stillman Drake

Modern History Sourcebook “Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina of Tuscany”

“The Trial of Galileo” Doug Linder, University of Missouri-Kansas Law School

Vatican Archives Trials of Bruno

The Art of Renaissance Science” James Dauben

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