The Concept of the Renaissance. Federico Chabod. The Traditional Concept. The problem of Continuity Fustel de Coulanges and his theory on the Barbarian invaders ( tabula rasa )
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All statues and paintings were smashed and torn . . . And thus were destroyed not only statues and paintings, but the books and commentaries and handbooks and rules on which men relied for their training in this great and excellent and gentle art
“glorious minds that sprang from the soil of Tuscany . . .
(turn to the ancient ruins of Rome and start)
distinguishing very clearly the good from the bad and
forsaking the old styles, they began once more to imitate,
to the limit of their energies and abilities, the styles
affected by the ancients . . .” Giorgio Vasari
Belief that the ancients had exercised a direct
influence on the rebirth of Art and Literature
was general (a direct consequence of numerous
a) passionate moral appeals (God, devil etc.).
b) no interpretation, no sense of human “individuality”
But since it is my purpose to write what may be useful to those who need it, I have thought it more fitting to concern myself with the effective reality of things than with speculation. For many have imagined republics (Plato) and principates which have never been seen or known to exist in reality.
Machiavelli Il principe