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Reconsidering the Renaissance: the case of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

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Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463-1494), the star of the Italian Renaissance, a byword for genius, has been many things to many people: a defiant champion of human dignity; a syncretic seeker of all knowledge; a religious ascetic; a sensual philosopher-prince; a magician and Cabalist. Is there still, in this hall of mirrors, a way to glimpse the true Pico and to make sense of what he was actually doing? This talk is an introduction to Pico and his works, a creative destruction of myths about him and finally, a methodological reconsideration of what we call the ‘Renaissance’.

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