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The State Of The Art

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In the early 1470s, Johannes Tinctoris, chief musician at the royal court of Naples, published a music treatise entitled Proportionale musices.Erwin Panofsky set out to answer two central questions in his book. First, was the Italian Renaissance real, did it really happen? Second, was it fundamentally different from previous historical episodes that might also be called Renaissances? To both these questions his answer was a firm yes. More importantly, the two central questions He sought to answer in his study correspond directly with two principal objections raised by Thorndike. His comment seems symptomatic of a deeper problem. His idea of the Renaissance was so elastic that it could be blown up at will to comprise an entire civilisation, yet could just as quickly be deflated to the narrow sphere of competence of the art historian.

Keywords: art historian; Erwin Panofsky; Italian Renaissance; Johannes Tinctoris



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