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The Later Middle Ages$
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Isabella Lazzarini

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780198731641

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198731641.001.0001

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Culture and the arts

Culture and the arts

(p.109) 4 Culture and the arts
The Later Middle Ages

Alexander Lee

Oxford University Press

The later Middle Ages as a cultural period has been shaped by the Burckhardtian tradition: Burckhardt drew a sharp distinction between the ‘medieval’ outlook he believed had prevailed north of the Alps and the ‘rebirth’ of classical antiquity he saw taking place in the Italian peninsula. Over the past 60 years, however, the validity of such a contrast has been called into question. As a consequence, it is now generally accepted that the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries were characterized more by diversity than by division. This chapter examines how, in every field of cultural endeavour, from painting and sculpture to poetry and music, there emerged a series of quite different, often heterogeneous trends. Originating in different parts of Europe, these were transmitted across the continent, where they interacted with parallel developments elsewhere. The effect was less that of a concerto than of a rich and discordant symphony of competing voices.

Keywords:   cultural history, arts, music, humanism, Burckhardt, Renaissance, Italy

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