The New World in Early Modern Italy, 1492-1750
Horodowich, Elizabeth (EDT)
Markey, Lia (EDT)
Cambridge Univ Pr 2017/11
345 p. 42 b/w & 10 colour illus. 26 cm
Choice Reviews 2018 August
This volume proposes a new understanding of 'The Renaissance' by considering Italian history in a global context and demonstrates that early modern Italy developed culturally, economically, and intellectually as much from global, multicultural contact as it did from the rediscovery of antiquity.
Italians were fascinated by the New World, and this volume explores how ideas, images, and goods that travelled from the Americas to Italy deeply impacted Italian thought and culture in the early modern period.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction Elizabeth Horodowich and Lia Markey; Part I. Italy before and after the Conquest: 2. Italy and the New World Elizabeth Horodowich; 3. Dante and the New World Mary Watt; 4. Venetian diplomacy, Spanish gold, and the New World in the sixteenth century Federica Ambrosini; Part II. The New World and Italian Religious Culture: 5. Three Bolognese Franciscan missionaries in the New World in the early sixteenth century Massimo Donattini; 6. Missionary gift records of Mexican objects in early modern Italy Davide Domenici; 7. Federico Borromeo and the New World in early modern Milan Maria Matilde Benzoni; 8. The Virgin of Copacabana in early modern Italy: a disembodied devotion Karen Lloyd; 9. Jesuit martyrdom imagery between Mexico and Rome Katherine McAllen; Part III. New World Plants in the Italian Imagination: 10. Southern Italy and the New World in the age of encounters Mackenzie Cooley; 11. The impact of New World plants, 1500-1800: the Americas in Italy David Gentilcore; 12. Renaissance Florentines in the Tropics: Brazil, the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, and the limits of empire Brian Brege; Part IV. Representing America: 13. Aldrovandi's New World natives in Bologna (or how to draw the unseen al vivo) Lia Markey; 14. Cesare Vecellio's Floridians in the Venetian book market: beautiful imports Ann Rosalind Jones; 15. Baroque Italian epic from Granada to the New World: Columbus conquers the Moors Nathalie Hester; 16. The conquest of Mexico in the Venetian operatic: Vivaldi's Motezuma Ireri Chavez Barcenas.