The Renaissance

The Renaissance

Author: Paul Johnson

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781780227160

Category: History

Page: 176

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A fresh and vigorous appreciation of the intellectual liberation and artistic triumphs of the Italian Renaissance. The development of the first universities from the 12th century onwards, growing wealth and patronage in certain cities, and above all the invention of printing and cheap paper, provided essential conditions for the Renaissance. And it was in literature and scholarship that it began, in the rebirth of classical culture that loosened the Church's iron grip on visual art. Paul Johnson tells the story, in turn, of Renaissance literature, sculpture, building and painting. Despite the critical importance of inventions outside Italy - printing in Germany and oil painting in Holland - he locates the Renaissance firmly in Italy and in Florence above all, between 1400 and 1560. There are memorable sketches of the key figures - the frugal and shockingly original Donatello, the awesome Michelangelo, the delicacy of Giovanni Bellini. The final part of the book charts the spread and decline of the Renaissance, as the Catholic Church repositioned itself to counter the Reformation which the Renaissance had itself helped to produce.

The Renaissance Group

The Renaissance Group

Author: Bernard G. Lord

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781462807543

Category: Fiction

Page: 266

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Bruce Hastie, a young, naive Scottish engineer, comes to live in a London flat while he works as a graduate apprentice in a turbine factory. It is 1958. He has two contrasting flat-mates, selected by a special agency, a disillusioned actor, Benjamin Garrick, and a rough, crude washing machine salesman, Edward Flunk, also known as Skunk. Bruce starts work at General Turbines Limited in the smoke, grime and heat of the foundry. One lunch-break he finds his chargehand boss, a huge, strong, Yorkshireman nicknamed Heavy, reading and enjoying some Dylan Thomas poetry. This is a paradox that mystifies the class-conscious Bruce whom Heavy brands as an intellectual snob. Heavy expounds on his soapbox that the arts have been kept away from the working class, that they and society at large need saving from rampant materialism and its attendant viciousness by a good dose of the spiritual values that only poetry, art, theatre and classical music can offer. Then follows two chapters that develop the character of Skunk and Benjamin. Skunk, a self-appointed sexual conqueror of women, has the tables turned on him when he encounters an educated, beautiful but unbalanced seductress when called to fix her washing machine that supposedly has electrocuted her dog. Benjamin is sent home sick from rehearsal, accompanied by fellow actor Sally Frinton-Jones. His malaise is psychological for he is disillusioned by the theatre and his performance in it. By this time, Heavy has Bruce believing in his ideas about the need to educate the common masses in the arts. Benjamin, also a convert to Heavy’s “renaissance” through Bruce’s dogmatism, cannot persuade Sally of the practicality of those ideas. Bruce goes into action by piping Beethoven’s 5th Symphony into the motor assembly shop at General Turbines where 300 women work. The music is well received but when his report on allowing the foundryworkers time off to listen to writers, actors and poets is read by the crass managing director, Mr. Crumhorn, Bruce is fired on the spot. Undaunted, Bruce, Benjamin and fifteen members of the arts world are smuggled into the factory and, along with Heavy, begin teaching the foundryworkers the elements and meaning of theatre, music and poetry. At a de-briefing after this first experiment it is deemed a total failure by all except Heavy who urges continuance and patience with what has been started. Bruce runs out of money and needs a job so he buys a taxi and pumps beer in a local pub. By now he is friendly with Sally, and one night, while driving her to rehearsal, they make a detour to track Skunk around Soho. He makes a subterranean disappearance into a strip joint. Bruce and Sally follow but only find Monique of the Louvre doing her erotic show. Bruce, as expected, registers his disgust but follows Monique to the dressing area and there finds Skunk who turns out to be the proprietor of the establishment. Bruce unbends a little and ends up taking Monique, real name Penelope Scragg, back to her seedy flat. As when he first found Heavy reading poetry in the foundry, he is surprised again when Monique plays him her favorite piece of music, Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Bruce begins to see Penelope with different eyes and he and Heavy take her to a concert at the Royal Festival Hall. She learns of the Renaissance Group’s activities and is highly amused until Bruce wants her to join the group. He wants her and Skunk to soften the degrading aspects of the strip joint by requiring its customers to enter an adjoining room after the performance and receive “spiritual” renewal in the guise of poetry, music and art. Penelope laughs her head off but Skunk smells money in it and gives it a try. Love blooms between Sally and Benjamin, and they decide to get married. Bruce’s relationship with Penelope deepens, and all is going well with the artistic education of

The Renaissance Diet 2.0

The Renaissance Diet 2.0

Author: Mike Israetel

Publisher: Meyer & Meyer Sport

ISBN: 9781782558590

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 341

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The Renaissance Diet 2.0 is not a fad. Instead, this hands-on guide presents a sports nutrition approach to eating for fat loss, muscle gain, and enhanced sport performance by incorporating current, comprehensive evidence—setting it apart from all the misinformation on nutrition available today. Within this book, you will read which parts of a diet determine results. Delving into calorie intake, food quality, meal spacing and timing, and supplement use, you will understand how to rank-order each part based on its relative contribution to diet, ensuring that you remain focused and avoid getting needlessly caught up in minute details. Next you will further explore why and how calories matter; how much protein is enough; whether snacking is a good idea or if intermittent fasting is better. Each of these questions and more will be answered, giving you the foundational knowledge to understand diet structure. Finally, you will learn how to design your individual diet by using the given step-by-step guidelines on how to modify your diet as your body adapts. Additional information about hunger management, diet psychology, and long-term diet planning is provided—all to achieve the best results. Also included are special diet considerations for a vegan diet, training multiple times a day, competition day, endurance sports, and women at different life stages, as well as information on the most pervasive diet myths and why they are wrong. By using the knowledge and tools in this book, you are guaranteed to achieve any fat loss, muscle gain, or performance goal. Renaissance Periodization has helped hundreds of thousands of clients across the world reach their fitness goals. Whether you want to lose fat, gain muscle, or improve sports performance, the experts at RP can help get you there. Foreword by Rich Froning.

The Renaissance in Scotland

The Renaissance in Scotland

Author: Alasdair A. MacDonald

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004247086

Category: History

Page: 451

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The Renaissance in Scotland contains original essays on the following topics of cultural history: literature; manuscripts and printed books; libraries; law; universities; music; education; social, political and ecclesiastical history. It offers fresh interpretations of many aspects of the age of humanism and reform, as this impinged on Scotland.

A Short History of the Renaissance in Northern Europe

A Short History of the Renaissance in Northern Europe

Author: Malcolm Vale

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350145634

Category: History

Page: 264

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The concept of a 'Renaissance' in the arts, in thought, and in more general culture North of the Alps often evokes the idea of a cultural transplant which was not indigenous to, or rooted in, the society from which it emerged. Classic definitions of the European 'Renaissance' during the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries have seen it as what was in effect an Italian import into the Gothic North. Yet there were certainly differences, divergences and dichotomies between North and South which have to be addressed. Here, Malcolm Vale argues for a Northern Renaissance which, while cognisant of Italian developments, displayed strong continuities with the indigenous cultures of northern Europe. But it also contributed novelties and innovations which often tended to stem from, and build upon, those continuities. A Short History of the Renaissance in Northern Europe – while in no way ignoring or diminishing the importance of the Hellenic and Roman legacy – seeks other sources, and different uses of classical antiquity, for a rather different kind of 'Renaissance', if such it was, in the North.

Art of Renaissance Venice, 1400 1600

Art of Renaissance Venice, 1400 1600

Author: Loren Partridge

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520281790

Category: Art

Page: 372

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"A comprehensive and richly illustrated survey of Venetian Renaissance architecture, sculpture, and painting created between 1400 and 1600 addressed to students, travellers, and the general public. The works of art are analysed within Venice's cultural circumstances--political, economic, intellectual, and religious--and in terms of function, style, iconography, patronage, classical sources, gender, art theories, and artist's innovations, rivalries, and social status. The text has been divided into two parts--the fifteenth century and the sixteenth century--each part preceded by an introduction that recounts the history of Venice to 1500 and to 1600 respectively, including the city's founding, ideology, territorial expansion, social classes, governmental structure, economy, and religion. The twenty-six chapters have been organized to lead readers systematically through the major artistic developments within the three principal categories of art--governmental, ecclesiastic, and domestic--and have been arranged sequentially as follows: civic architecture and urbanism, churches, church decoration (ducal tombs and altarpieces), refectories and refectory decoration (section two only), confraternities (architecture and decoration), palaces, palace decoration (devotional works, portraits, secular painting, and halls of state), villas, and villa decoration. The conclusion offers an overview of the major types of Venetian art and architectural patronage and their funding sources"--Provided by publisher.

The Renaissance Engravers

The Renaissance Engravers

Author: Gosudarstvennyj Ėrmitaž

Publisher: Parkstone Press

ISBN: UOM:39015040532999

Category: Art

Page: 208

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The print-makers of the Renaissance were of particular interest to 18th- and early 19th-century Russian collectors. This book provides the best examples from the collection in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. There is an overview of the work of German, Flemish, French, and Italian Masters such as Albrecht Durer, Hans Leonhard, Schaufelein, Lucas Cranach, Hans Holbein the Younger, Pieter von der Hayden, and Baccio Baldini, as well as the many delightful engravings produced by anonymous craftsmen. The first half of the book is devoted to a detailed description and analysis of the prints, including whatever details are available of their provenance. There are brief his-tories of the engravers and, where applicable, the paintings from which the engravings were made. The second half of the book contains plates of the engravings and woodcuts themselves, all reproduced in their original colours.