Beyond the classroom: international interest in the studia humanitatis in the university towns of Quattrocento Italy

Material TypeArticleLanguageEnglish
TitleBeyond the classroom: international interest in the studia humanitatis in the university towns of Quattrocento Italy Author(S)David Rundle (Author)
Abstract  This article challenges two common misconceptions about ultramontani and Italian Renaissance education. The first is better known but still prevalent in some accounts: it is too often assumed that a visit to Italy needs must make a foreigner come under the influence of the studia humanitatis – but, in truth, many travelled without ever coming in contact with what we call humanism. The second misconception is less recognized: it is the assumption that travellers to Italy sought out specific teachers, in particular, Guarino da Verona, as a font of humanist learning. Even in the classic iconoclastic account of Grafton and Jardine, it is accepted that Guarino enjoyed an international reputation that attracted students to him. In truth, the claim tells us more about the self-conscious construction of Guarino's image by his students (sometimes under his own direction) than it does about their own experience ...Paginationp 533-548
SubjectEurope -- HistoryDescriptorsRenaissance
Journal TitleRenaissance studies: Journal of the Society for Renaissance Studies   
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