Italian Humanism

Discuss how the work of Francesco Petrarch and Christine de Pisan embodies the values of Italian Humanism that we discussed in our class. Be sure to quote their texts in your discussion. If you like, feel free to add a discussion of a work of Renaissance art and show how it reflects the same intellectual values.

Values of Italian humanism (1330-1500)
– stress on latin rhedric -> cicero
– civitas -> civic virtue
– stress on greco rman values
– positive view of humanity (doesn not deny human sins)
– stress on studias humanitates
– grammar, rhedric, history, poetry, moral philosophy (human choices)

use those two sources for 2 out of the 5 sources needed.
Ernst Cassirer, Renaissance philosophy of Man ISBN 978-0226096049

Christine de Pisan, Book of the City of Ladies ISBN 978-0140446890