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The Italian Renaissance in the German Historical by Martin Ruehl

By Martin Ruehl

In the direction of the tip of the 19th century, Germany's bourgeois elites turned enthralled by means of the civilization of Renaissance Italy. As their very own state entered a part of severe socioeconomic alterations, German historians and writers reinvented the Italian Renaissance because the onset of a heroic modernity: an excellent sunrise that ushered in an age of secular individualism, imbued with ruthless energy and a neo-pagan zest for attractiveness. The Italian Renaissance within the German old mind's eye is the 1st complete account of the debates that formed the German inspiration of the Renaissance within the seven many years following Jacob Burckhardt's seminal examine of 1860. in line with a wealth of archival fabric and better via greater than 100 illustrations, it offers a brand new standpoint at the old considered Imperial and Weimar Germany and the formation of an idea that remains with us this day.

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The triumph of life! The great Yes to all lofty, beautiful, and daring things!. . And Luther restored the church: he attacked it . . The Renaissance – an event without meaning, a great in vain [ein Ereignis ohne Sinn, ein grosses Umsonst]! e. agonistic, aristocratic, Dionysian antiquity, and the formation of truly emancipated individuals, beyond the good and evil of Christian morality. It also reflects a more widespread discontent amongst German intellectuals around the turn of the twentieth century with the incomplete modernity of the Second Empire, and their preoccupation with cultural and spiritual renewal.

For the many other layers of meaning, see Lionel Gossman, ‘The Making of a Romantic Icon: The Religious Context of Friedrich Overbeck’s Italia und Germania’, Transactions of the American Philosophical Society 97:5 (2007). Quoted in M. Howitt, Friedrich Overbeck. Sein Leben und Schaffen, ed. F. Binder, 2 vols. (Freiburg/ Breisgau, 1886), vol. i, p. 478. What it means to be modern 23 9 Dürer and Raphael before the Throne of Art (By Franz Pforr, 1808) In the first half of the nineteenth century, Friedrich Overbeck, Franz Pforr and other members of the community of artists known as the Brotherhood of St Luke or Nazarenes (‘Nazarener’) sought a revival of art by fusing the religious depth of the Northern Renaissance with the formal qualities (linearity, flat colours) of the High Renaissance.

I see before me an opportunity of an altogether unearthly magic and fascination . . Cesare Borgia as pope. Am I understood? Well then, that would have been the only victory that I crave today: with that, Christianity would have been abolished. What happened? A German monk, Luther, came to Rome. This monk, with all the vengeful instincts of a failed priest, launched a rebellion in Rome against the Renaissance . . Luther only noticed the corruption of the Papacy when the exact opposite was plain to see: the old corruption .

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