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Humanism and Social Resilience

Ficino and Fantasy: Imagination in Renaissance Art and Theory from Botticelli to Michelangelo

  • Start: 1 October 2019
  • End: 1 July 2021
  • Status: ongoing

Did the Florentine humanist and philosopher Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499) influence the art of his time? This question has been the starting point for a long-running and fierce art-historical debate. This book by Marieke van den Doel departs from Ficino’s views on the imagination as a faculty of the soul, and shows how these opinions have been part of, and added new insights to a long philosophical tradition. 

Description

This starting point, as well as new historical material, leads to renewed insights into whether, how and why Ficino's Platonic conceptions of the imagination may have been received in the art of the Italian Renaissance. Especially, Ficino's possible influence on the work of Botticelli and Michelangelo is discussed, as well as the appropriation of Ficino’s ideas by early modern art theorists.

Researcher

Dr. Marieke van den Doel

Partners / Financing

The translation of this book project was financed by: Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut in Rome; Stichting Leerstoel Geschiedenis van de Hermetische filosofie; Elly Cassee Stichting.

Contact

Marieke van den Doel, M.vandenDoel@UvH.nl.

Did the Florentine humanist and philosopher Marsilio Ficino influence the art of his time? This book by Marieke van den Doel departs from Ficino’s views on the imagination as a faculty of the soul.