The rise and fall of Renaissance Italy
| AEVUM - 2015 - 3
No one denies the historical reality of Italian Renaissance. The question to ask, therefore, is how and when it began, and, consequently, how and when it ended. Starting from the premise that as an historical epoch the Renaissance was not the beginning of modernity nor in some way the anti-Middle Ages, but rather the final and, one might even say, culminating phase of the Middle Ages when Italy took over the cultural leadership of Europe...