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Journal > Volumes > 42 (2011) > 2 (Summer)
2 (Summer)
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Castiglione’s Francescopaedia

Close attention to the historical setting with which Castiglione frames his dialogues in The Book of the Courtier (1528) reveals that the figures of Pope Julius II and his nephew Francesco Maria della Rovere are much more central to what happens in the fiction of the text than has previously been acknowledged. Indeed, there is a thematic strand within the book that can be described as...

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Form & Content of the Papal Antichrist

The concept of the papal Antichrist evolved throughout the Middle Ages, developing multiple layers of meaning and distinctive modes of rhetorical expression. It reached its most elaborate late medieval form in the Hussite treatise known as Anatomy of the Antichrist. This work provides a comprehensive summary of antipapal Antichristology using nominal tropes, anatomical metaphors, and...

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The Religious Convictions of Johan Wier

In 1563 Johan Wier’s protest against the criminal prosecution of presumed witches, caused much upheaval. He attempted to exonerate these defendants by arguing that human beings are incapable of doing the things they were accused of. It was demons and not humans who were the real offenders. Until now, Wier’s religious convictions have remained indistinct. It is argued here that he refused to...

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Bartolomeo Ammannati: Artist, Architect, Manager

This study, drawing on new information from unpublished documents, reconsiders the working methods and responsibilities of sculptor and architect Bartolomeo Ammannati in the context of Cosimo I de’ Medici’s creation of a grand ducal Tuscan empire. Ammannati was an indispensable part of the broader enterprise of ducal and grand ducal building activity, urban development, and court bureaucracy....

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Failed Entry of Leo X de’ Medici into Vienna

In late October 1515, the government authorities of Siena were busy preparing the city for the visit of Pope Leo X de’ Medici, expected in the middle of the following month. Palaces were requisitioned to house the pontiff and his entourage, while artists set to work to create the ephemeral architectural elements for a grand all’antica triumph through the streets. Under the supervision of...

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