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Renaissance Resources

A research guide for Renaissance Studies, especially the Italian Renaissance, including digital resources.


Featured Digital Resources


Welcome to Renaissance Studies! This page will include resources for any level of Renaissance-related research, including digital sources that are open-access. Most resources will be English-language but the guide will specify when the source is not in English. For those just beginning their exploration into a Renaissance topic, the "Starting Points" page includes a few introductory resources on the Renaissance as well as databases for broad primary and secondary source searches. For those with more specific research interests, other resources have been divided by sub-discipline into History, Art & Architecture, Music, and Philosophy & Religion. The digital section includes Digital Humanities projects and digital image access sources. The final section, Interdisciplinary Approaches, includes newer sub-fields in Renaissance Studies such as Gender & Sexuality and Global Renaissance, which are frameworks through which modern scholars approach many of the other disciplines in the guide in conversation with other fields. As a note on scope, the Renaissance is defined differently across disciplines and regional focuses, so this guide will include relevant sources for overlapping temporal designations, such as Medieval, Early Modern, and Baroque. Each resource will include information on spacial and temporal scope, when necessary. 


Renaissance Art

Sandro Botticelli, Primavera, c. 1480

Domenico Ghirlandaio, The Tornabuoni Chapel at Santa Maria Novella in Florence, 1485-1490

Michelangelo, The Creation of Adam on the Sistine Chapel ceiling in Rome, 1508-1512.

Lorenzo Ghiberti, "Jacob and Esau" from the Gates of Paradise in Florence, c. 1425-1452.