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The Renaissance Story of Civilization 5 Free download ê 2 à [Download] ➼ The Renaissance Story of Civilization 5 By Will Durant – A colorful pageant of princes kings painters philosophers scientists architects comes to life in Will Durant's study of the Italian Renaissance Vol 5 of The Story oHe sets the stage in Florence for the opening act of a magnificent cultural flowering Renaissance Story of ePUB #10003 spread across Europe continued thru time Even than its artistic awakening the Renaissance stands. Doubtless like all of us he was many men turned on one or another of his selves as occasion reuired and kept his real self a frightened secret from the world So continues my tour through the ages The Renaissance the fifth volume of The Story of Civilization is uniue in this series for its narrowness of scope Instead of taking all of Western Europe as his subject Durant confines himself to Italy; and whereas the previous volume took us from the death of Constantine 337 all the way to the death of Dante 1321 this volume covers the period from the birth of Petrarch 1304 to the death of Michelangelo 1564 Nevertheless as usual Durant casts a wide net including political economic musical philosophical scientific and literary history But of course this being a book about the Renaissance the bulk of it is given over to the visual arts painting sculpture and architecture This is shaky territory for Durant; he’s certainly no art critic as he admits from the outset As usual he is urbane elouent and learned; but this isn’t uite enough; some fire is missing Durant was a man who lived on books not paintings; he appreciates visual art as a dilettante rather than an aficionado And since the literary activity of the Renaissance wasn’t nearly as impressive as its artistic output this deprives Durant of his forte Still if you are looking for a single volume treatment of this age I’m sure you could do worse than this book It isn’t deep but it’s broad; you will come away knowing all the major names—of politicians poets and painters—as well as a good deal about the time Indeed you may not realize how much you’ve learned as it is one of Durant’s signal talents that he is able to set down vast amounts of information in such a way that it sticks effortlessly in the memory Ignorant American that I am I actually didn’t know a whole lot about the Italian Renaissance before I read this book apart from the facts that everybody can’t help knowing For example I “knew” the Renaissance consisted of a revival of classical learning but of course the reality is far complicated Yes during this time much classical learning was uncovered; but it’s main effect seems not to have been a conversion to Greek logic and morality but simply the realization that a non Christian culture could be just as vibrant as a Christian one The immediate effects of this weren’t necessarily good In his History of Western Philosophy Bertrand Russell said “The first effect of emancipation from the church was not to make men think rationally but to open their minds to every sort of antiue nonsense” And indeed it struck me that the ideal of rational thinking and empirical science made little headway during this time period—at least in Italy I suppose the most direct effect of paganism was the rediscovery of the body as a source of beauty Medieval Art is wholly lacking in the muscular graceful nudes of the Renaissance This went hand in hand with humanism Humanity itself like the human form began to be celebrated The most interesting uestion about all is Why Why did this sudden change come about This is the proper uestion for the historian But Durant doesn’t try to answer it or at the very least I found his answers superficial I suppose I’ll have to keep reading I have to say it does bother me that Durant an incredibly well read and well traveled man and an intelligent one too can freuently be so superficial a thinker and a critic I will hazard a guess for the reason One of the main features of Durant’s style is its Olympian calm He does not get excited; he avoids passion Wars revolutions artistic triumphs—all are narrated in a tone of serene composure He does his best to sound as if he is God himself so far above the petty intellectual suabbles of historians philosophers and scientists that he need not deign to partake in them Thus he has the habit of offering his opinion in the royal “We” Eit

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As a declaration of mental freedom It was a great contribution to the progress of humankind Dr Durant has a keen and mordant wit that flashes forth freuently to enliven his pageshe is an artist in words Saturday Revie. I'm not sure if I've read the 700 page version or the 1000 page version but in any case it's hard to summarize or review such a monumental work Although the book was written over half a century ago it is clear effervescent and interesting It deals in detail the people the principals and the popes who made up the era Naturally which may disappoint political or political history enthusiasts the book focuses on art and artists as this era cannot be separated from its art and that is the main reason this book attracted me This is the first book I read from this series and it's hard for me to imagine how the writers have deeply covered so much material in the history of human civilization and it's just one chapter of their life's work

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The Renaissance Story of Civilization 5A colorful pageant of princes Story of PDF #198 kings painters philosophers scientists architects comes to life in Will Durant's study of the Italian Renaissance The Renaissance PDF or Vol of The Story of Civilization. But it took than a revival of antiuity to make the Renaissance And first of all it took money—smelly bourgeois money the profits of skillful managers and underpaid labor; of hazardous voyages to the East and laborious crossings of the Alps to buy goods cheap and sell them dear; of careful calculations investments and loans; of interest and dividends accumulated until enough surplus could be spared from the pleasures of the flesh from the purchase of senates signories and mistresses to pay a Michelangelo or a Titian to transmute wealth into beauty and perfume a fortune with the breath of art Will Durant The Renaissance Probably my least favorite of the first five books in Durant's 11 volume Story of Civilization That said I still give it four stars Durant a philosopherhistorian LOVES art and artists A lot of this book seems like an expanded version of Vasari's Lives of the Most Excellent Painters Sculptors and Architects Illustrated Biographies of the Greatest Artists of Renaissance Including Leonardo da Giotto Raphael Brunelleschi Donatello The book focuses on the Renaissance in Italy and not the later expansion of Renaissance ideas into Europe So a majority of this book focuses on Art Sculpture Popes Literature and the great Italian cities of the Renaissance Rome Florence Venice etc The narrative isn't driven by time as location genearally exluding the Prelude w Petrarch and Bocaccio and Durant's brush His narrative brush goes from Florence and the Medici to Milan Tuscany Mantua Ferrara Venice Naples and Rome In each city he explores the major artists from those towns their relationship with Rome and the major Renaissance artists associated with those city states He ends the book by discussing the moral religious political and economic changes that were associated with the end of the Italian Renaissance Again let me add although this is my least favoite of the first five it is still pretty damn good Durant does a pretty good job of putting a lot of the myths about the Renaissance to rest He's a moderate historian He's unprepared to criticize too harshly; knowing the worst said about someone often has little to do with truth and to do with who is in power and gets to have the last word His prose in this book is a bit restrained than in other books I'm not sure why Perhaps it is only when dealing with philosophy and ideas that Durant is able to write without restraint and the Renaissance was heavy on art and light on ideas excluding exceptional cases When discussing art there is often less room for Durant to wax poetic He seems content with describing the art well and puting the artists and the geniuses of the age into their proper context