Renaissance Studies

Renaissance Studies

Research activities

Today, it is possible to look at the Renaissance with new eyes.

Having abandoned  the traditional view of the Renaissance as a culture based on concepts such as “serenity”, “harmony”, “balance”, new studies have now revealed the dramatic, even tragic aspects of the Renaissance Age.

These new interpretations mark a neat break between the Renaissance and the “modern world”, grounded on different, even opposite, ontological choices, from which different conceptions of politics, State, science, art, and language originate.

Both on the interpretive and methodological levels, these studies have opened the possibility for starting an original and highly innovative work program on the Renaissance featuring the following issues:

  1. literature and history of Italian language, with a special emphasis on the relationship between literature and visual arts, theatre and history of music;
  2. iconography and history of art;
  3. humanistic philology, Italian philology, textual bibliography;
  4. history, with an emphasis on religion;
  5. political thinking;
  6. scientific and philosophical thinking.

These different research fields will converge toward three objectives:

  1. Identification of specific and autonomous Renaissance features in various fields, and their emancipation from “modern” philosophies of history.
  2. Identification of the difference between the Renaissance and the “modern world” through the analysis of some crucial problems (“science of life”, “science of nature”; book of God/book of Nature…).
  3. Identification of the relationship between Renaissance civilization and other forms of universal civilization, starting from the Eastern ones, with a new approach to the relationship – decisive today – between European “reason” and its complex layers, and forms of rationality developed in the cultures, nations, and continents that are now emerging in the world.

The PhD program is offered by a consortium of SNS and the Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento in cooperation with the Soprintendenza Speciale per il Patrimonio Storico, Artistico ed Etnoantropologico e per il Polo Museale della città di Firenze.

Available scholarships for autumn session: 2


Coordinator: Michele Ciliberto

The activities will be held at the seat of Florence
Scuola Normale Superiore
Palazzo Strozzi
Piazza degli Strozzi
50123 Firenze

Lina Bolzoni, SNS
Michele Ciliberto, SNS
Claudio Ciociola, SNS
Massimo Ferretti, SNS
Massimo Firpo, SNS
Luca D’Onghia, SNS
Stefania Pastore, SNS
Renzo Ragghianti, SNS
Cristina  Acidini Luchinat, Polo Museale Fiorentino
Michael J. B. Allen,  University of California, Los Angeles
Simonetta Bassi, Università di Pisa
Giuseppe Cambiano, Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento
Mariarosa Cortesi, Università di Pavia
Vittoria Perrone Compagni, Università degli Studi di Firenze