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The New World in Early Modern Italy, 1492–1750

The New World in Early Modern Italy, 1492–1750

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Elizabeth Horodowich, Lia Markey, Mary Watt, Federica Ambrosini, Massimo Donattini, Davide Domenici, Maria Matilde Benzoni, Karen Lloyd, Katherine McAllen, Mackenzie Cooley, David Gentilcore, Brian Brege, Ann Rosalind Jones, Nathalie Hester, Chávez Bárcenas
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  • Date Published: January 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107122871

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  • Italians became fascinated by the New World in the early modern period. While Atlantic World scholarship has traditionally tended to focus on the acts of conquest and the politics of colonialism, these essays consider the reception of ideas, images and goods from the Americas in the non-colonial states of Italy. Italians began to venerate images of the Peruvian Virgin of Copacabana, plant tomatoes, potatoes, and maize, and publish costume books showcasing the clothing of the kings and queens of Florida, revealing the powerful hold that the Americas had on the Italian imagination. By considering a variety of cases illuminating the presence of the Americas in Italy, this volume demonstrates how early modern Italian culture developed as much from multicultural contact - with Mexico, Peru, Brazil, and the Caribbean - as it did from the rediscovery of classical antiquity.

    • Though this scholarship has long existed in Italian - and the Italian historians included here are well known in Italy - much of it has never been translated into English. At a time when global history is more important than ever, this volume brings the work of some of the most important Italian global historians to readers of English
    • This volume proposes a new understanding of 'The Renaissance' by considering Italian history in a global context and demonstrates that early modern Italy developed culturally, economically, and intellectually as much from global, multicultural contact as it did from the rediscovery of antiquity
    • This volume makes significant new arguments about the Mediterranean and Atlantic world, opposing the idea that the demise of the first leads to the rise of the second and instead demonstrating that the two were inherently linked and cross-fertilized one another: an argument significant at a time when Mediterranean studies are so vibrant
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    'The essays cover a variety of topics and amply demonstrate Italian curiosity about the New World. Recommended for Graduate students and faculty.' P. Grendler, Choice

    ‘… engage[s] with scholarship on Mediterranean and world history, contributing to the growing field of a Global Renaissance. Much of this scholarship makes tight connections between the political and trade relationships and the cultural results … The importance of [this volume’s] contribution to Global Renaissance scholarship lies in the identification of the New World as a field of engagement and cultural reference point.’ Monique O’Connell, European History Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107122871
    • length: 360 pages
    • dimensions: 261 x 183 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.95kg
    • contains: 42 b/w illus. 10 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Elizabeth Horodowich and Lia Markey
    Part I. Italy before and after the Conquest:
    2. Italy and the New World Elizabeth Horodowich
    3. Dante and the New World Mary Watt
    4. Venetian diplomacy, Spanish gold, and the New World in the sixteenth century Federica Ambrosini
    Part II. The New World and Italian Religious Culture:
    5. Three Bolognese Franciscan missionaries in the New World in the early sixteenth century Massimo Donattini
    6. Missionary gift records of Mexican objects in early modern Italy Davide Domenici
    7. Federico Borromeo and the New World in early modern Milan Maria Matilde Benzoni
    8. The Virgin of Copacabana in early modern Italy: a disembodied devotion Karen Lloyd
    9. Jesuit martyrdom imagery between Mexico and Rome Katherine McAllen
    Part III. New World Plants in the Italian Imagination:
    10. Southern Italy and the New World in the age of encounters Mackenzie Cooley
    11. The impact of New World plants, 1500–1800: the Americas in Italy David Gentilcore
    12. Renaissance Florentines in the Tropics: Brazil, the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, and the limits of empire Brian Brege
    Part IV. Representing America:
    13. Aldrovandi's New World natives in Bologna (or how to draw the unseen al vivo) Lia Markey
    14. Cesare Vecellio's Floridians in the Venetian book market: beautiful imports Ann Rosalind Jones
    15. Baroque Italian epic from Granada to the New World: Columbus conquers the Moors Nathalie Hester
    16. The conquest of Mexico in the Venetian operatic: Vivaldi's Motezuma Ireri Chávez Bárcenas.

  • Editors

    Elizabeth Horodowich, New Mexico State University
    Elizabeth Horodowich is Professor of History at New Mexico State University. She is the author of Language and Statecraft in Early Modern Venice (Cambridge, 2008), and A Brief History of Venice (2009), and is the recipient of awards and fellowships from a variety of institutions, including the Harvard University Center, Villa I Tatti, Florence, The American Historical Association, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    Lia Markey, Newberry Library, Chicago
    Lia Markey is the Director of the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library in Chicago. She published Imagining the Americas in Medici Florence (2016) and co-wrote the exhibition catalogue, Italian Master Drawings from the Princeton University Art Museum (2014). She is the recipient of fellowships from the Kress and Mellon foundations, the Renaissance Society of America, the Folger Library, the Warburg Institute, Harvard's Villa I Tatti and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University, New Jersey and worked at several museums.


    Elizabeth Horodowich, Lia Markey, Mary Watt, Federica Ambrosini, Massimo Donattini, Davide Domenici, Maria Matilde Benzoni, Karen Lloyd, Katherine McAllen, Mackenzie Cooley, David Gentilcore, Brian Brege, Ann Rosalind Jones, Nathalie Hester, Chávez Bárcenas

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