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    John Addington Symonds(Author)

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This book does not pretend to retrace the history of the Italian arts, but rather to define their relation to the main movement of Renaissance culture. Keeping this object in mind, Symonds explains the dependence of the arts on medieval Christianity at their commencement, their gradual emancipation from ecclesiastical control, and their final attainment of freedom at the moment when the classical revival culminated. Poet, essayist, and literary historian, John Addington Symonds (1840-1893) delved into every field of the humanities, writing the celebrated Renaissance in Italy and publishing translations of the Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini and the Sonnets of Michelangelo and Campanella; he wrote biographies of Shelley, Sidney, and Jonson, and collaborated with Havelock Ellis on a number of projects in sexology. He is remembered for his untiring efforts to loosen the restraints on homosexuals in England, and his Memoirs are the only diary of a Victorian homosexual of his stature.

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  • PDF | 552 pages
  • John Addington Symonds(Author)
  • University Press of the Pacific (June 6, 2005)
  • English
  • 2
  • Arts & Photography

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  • By propertius on October 11, 2014

    It is curious how Mr Symonds sees a despot in every Italian state and therefore worthy of condemnation while not applying the same yardstick to other areas in his contemporary world or other periods. Simply put he does not ever take into account not only what the artist says but what the patron of the artist wants. I don't usually write attacks on books based on the personality of the writer but since Mr. Symonds is so intent on agit-prop that I feel a bit less guilty.He hates (and I use the word carefully and precisely) anything that smacks of Christianity (Roman Catholicism in particular) conventional sexual mores or practices, disloyalty to the secular crown (regardless of which crown). I find his treatment of history even more short-sighted or warped than Edward Gibbons. And the greatest sin of of all, he is not even entertaining.


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