Includes links to bibliographies, catalogs, portals, databases and other resources. Some full text, some not.
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A database of 38,000+ links to freely accessible electronic texts and digitized photographic reproductions of Neo-Latin works, organized by author/commentator and title. Searchable.
Images of legal documents from medieval and early modern England from the National Archives in London digitized and displayed through the O’Quinn Law Library of the University of Houston Law Center by license of the National Archives sponsored by the University of Houston Law Center and Department of History. Useful to anyone working on English history, literature, law, or culture.
Digital library of French architecture books from the sixteenth to seventeenth centuries.
The Atlas of Early Printing is an interactive site designed to be used as a tool for teaching the early history of printing in Europe during the second half of the fifteenth century. While printing in Asia predates European activity by several hundred years, the rapid expansion of the trade following the discovery of printing in Mainz, Germany, around the middle of the fifteenth century is a topic of great importance to the history of European civilization.
This is a database of some 3,600 citizenship privileges conferred on some 4,000 immigrants to Venice, from the twelfth century (one case) to the year 1500. The search program is easy to use; an introduction to the database is Reinhold C. Mueller’s Immigrazione e cittadinanza nella Venezia medievale, Deputazione di Storia Patria per le Venezie 1, Rome: Viella, 2010.
The Athanasius Kircher correspondence project provides access to the manuscript correspondence of Kircher, a seventeenth-century Jesuit. The project is a collaboration between the Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza in Florence, the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and the European University Institute in Fiesole, under the direction of Michael John Gorman and Nick Wilding; it is now housed at Stanford University.
Cusanus-Portal offers a searchable full text version of the critical edition of the Opera omnia, links to translations of the texts, an encyclopedia on the life and work of Nicholas of Cusa, and a regularly updated bibliography.
The Digital Cavendish Project is an independent scholarly project started by Shawn W. Moore. The goal of the project is to highlight digital research and scholarly projects that focus on any aspect of the life and writings of Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle (1623–73). Research may include any of the following (and much more): digital images, annotations, text-mining, cultural archives, digital portfolios of manuscript and bibliographic research, etc. Ultimately, the site will grow to build a collaborative space for Cavendish scholars and students who are interested in the work being done in the areas of literary, historical, digital, textual, bibliographic, manuscript, cultural, feminist, queer, and critical race studies, and become a space for those who wish to share their work to build and continue to analyze the multitudinous networks of Cavendish scholarship.
This ongoing work was conceived as an adjunct to the textbook The Origins of Early Modern Italy, 1550–1800 in order to place at the disposal of students and scholars the complete span of scholarship on Italy published in English and French. The material encompasses all aspects of political, social, economic, and cultural life in the broader Italy, including Corsica and Malta, and the mutual influence of Italy and other European countries. It contains an introduction and historiographical overview, supported by a statistical breakdown of types of studies over the last 150 years.
The Emblematica Online project is digitizing two of the world’s largest and most important Renaissance emblem book collections, thereby establishing a digital subject library shared across two institutions, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA (Illinois), and the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Germany (HAB).
A film about the collaboration between Cambridge historian Ulinka Rublack and award-winning dress historian Jenny Tiramani to reconstruct the dress worn by a Fugger head accountant in 1530.
In 1998 the art historian Federico Zeri donated to the University of Bologna his huge collection of art photos (290,000 images). The main core of this photo archive, the Italian Painting section, is now in the online database. Users can consult the catalogue and search by location of the art work as well as by author, subject, date, and technique of photography.
A site dedicated to Matthias Flacius Illyricus (1520–75), a multitalented European thinker of the sixteenth century. Includes information about the Reformation period in present day Croatia and Slovenia, as well as information on a number of Renaissance Italian thinkers. All information on the site is available in four languages: English, German, Italian, and Croatian.
Detailed historical documentation for works of art, including basic information about the artist, title, medium, dimensions, date, and owner of the work, former attributions, provenance, variant titles, records of exhibition and condition history, and biographical information about portrait subjects from the Frick Art Reference Library and its partners in the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC) accessible in the Photoarchive’s research database records via NYARC’s online catalogue Arcade.
Full text searchable database of the Biliothèque numérique of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Search interface is available in French, English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Includes access to the digital collections, Getty Research Portal, tools, and databases.
The Giorgio Vasari Project aims to bring together in one place, for further research and reference, all literature on the Florentine writer, painter, and architect, among others.
A project of the Center for Advanced Study of the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, the searchable database includes a complete transcription of every extant notarial record of the period from the Archivio di Stato di Roma identified by the project team, as well as a digital images of the original documents. The site also features artist bibliographies and a database of images associated with the early history of the Accademia di San Luca and its members during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Hvmanistica Cordvbensia is coordinated by Julián Solana Pujalte, Área de Filología Latina de la Universidad de Córdoba. It includes the following: Bibliotheca Erasmiana Hispanica: Erasmo en las bibliotecas españolas actuales e históricas. Genesivs: Estudios sobre la obra de Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda (1490–1573) y el humanismo renacentista. Cvm Privilegio: Libros, bibliotecas y lecturas en Córdoba en la Edad Moderna.
The database, in PDF form, contains manuscript and printed copies of funeral orations and a few other orations. It is arranged alphabetically by incipit.
Catalogues and digital collections of Italian libraries.
Database of books and images published by Italian Academies between 1530 and 1700.
A digital research tool for scholarship on Leonardo da Vinci’s Treatise on Painting. The database includes over forty manuscript copies of the Treatise on Painting, dating from the mid-sixteenth to the mid-seventeenth century, as well as early printed editions of Leonardo’s Treatise on Painting in Italian (1651), French (1651), and English (1721). The digital archive makes it possible to analyze the text and images of these materials systematically, comprehensively, and comparatively.
A database of 186 lexical texts published or written in England from 1475 to 1702 that hold fully searchable 620,000 word-entries. LEME offers unique digitized access to dictionaries, glossaries, and other lexical texts in a host of languages, focusing on English but including major works in Latin, French, Italian, and Spanish. LEME is hosted by the University of Toronto Library and published (since 2006) by the University of Toronto Press. It grows annually.
Bibliography on the history of Venice. Site is in German, but the bibliography includes resources in many languages.
MANUS è un database che comprende la descrizione e le immagini digitalizzate dei manoscritti conservati nelle biblioteche italiane pubbliche, ecclesiastiche e private. While not full text, the database often includes detailed descriptions and/or summaries of the contents of the manuscripts.
The Map of Early Modern London (MoEML) maps the streets, sites, and significant boundaries of late sixteenth-century and early seventeenth-century London (1560–1640). Taking the Agas map as its platform, the project links encyclopedia-style articles, scholarly work, student work, editions, and literary texts to the places mentioned therein. Students will view the landmarks of Shakespeare’s London and learn about the history and culture of the city in which he lived and worked. Teachers will find the map and encyclopedia useful in teaching Renaissance plays and other texts set in London. Scholars are welcome to contribute articles, links, sources, or compilations of data.
The MRFH provides access to early humanist translators and their German works. The project covers the university and the Heidelberg court, as well as the cities of Strasbourg, Basel, Augsburg, and Nuremberg. A total of 144 works from the period of 1450–1500 are listed. Records like city chronicles (such as Norimberga by Conrad Celtis, the chronicles by Sigmund Meisterlins or Peter Eschenloher’s History of Wroclaw) were not included but will be dealt with separately in a later project. The history of translation takes up considerable space in MRFH, as well as the transition from manuscript to printed book. A total of 122 manuscripts and 145 incunabula (including about 2,500 copies) has been examined and described in detail in the MRFH. The later printed tradition up to the year 1600 has only been included in short entries (without proof of copy). 273 printings from the sixteenth century were identified, primarily on the basis of the VD 16-database, the Index Aureliensis, and recent dissertations. Digital images of manuscripts and prints of the fifteenth and sixteenth century have been incorporated and are continuously updated.
Recipients identified by dedication as well as the contemporary owners of manuscripts and printed copies and further — as far as they could be identified — the writers of the manuscripts were recorded in detail. Altogether 300 individuals have been identified, of which 42 are writers, 32 recipients, and 160 owners. They are presented in short biographies. In addition, the dedications found in the manuscripts and printed works are reported literally.
Catalogue, transcriptions, summaries, digital objects, and searchable contents from the Medici Granducal Archival Collection (Mediceo del Principato).
Digitized version of this major and venerable source collection.
The international collaborative project “Opening the Geese Book” is now available. The site presents the full facsimile of the two-volume manuscript New York, Morgan, M. 905, selected chants recorded by the Schola Hungarica, videos with historical information and critical commentary in English and German, codicological analysis, archival sources, and bibliography.
The project focuses on the lavishly and whimsically illuminated gradual known as the Geese Book. Produced in Nuremberg between 1503 and 1510, the book preserves the complete mass liturgy compiled for the parish of St. Lorenz and used until the Reformation was introduced in the city in 1525. The manuscript is famous for its representations of animals, wild folk, and a dragon. Saints’ days and other festivals can be accessed easily via a drop-down menu.
Includes access to a wide variety of primary and secondary sources of classical texts and translations such as Lewis and Short’s Latin Dictionary, as well as Renaissance sources and texts.
This site reconstructs the private libraries of philosophers from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. Site is available in Italian, English, French, German, and Spanish.
Texts, translations, and studies of De hominis dignitate.
Dipartimento di Archeologia e Storia delle Arti Area di Archeologia Medievale, Università degli Studi di Siena.
Interdisciplinary discussion forum and scholarly network for scholars interested in exchange between early modern Islam and Europe.
An online repository of works printed in English between the years 1477 and 1799. These publications are provided for nonprofit purposes only; unique site content is copyright ©1992–2008 the editors and The University of Oregon.
The Rulers of Venice, 1332–1524: Interpretations, Methods, Database, compiled and edited by Benjamin G. Kohl, Andrea Mozzato, and Monique O’Connell.
Catalogo collettivo delle biblioteche che partecipano al Servizio Bibliotecario Nazionale (Italian Libraries Network).
A digital archive of manuscript miscellanies and commonplace books from ca. 1450–1720, including research and teaching resources for late medieval and early modern manuscript studies.
Henry Bellingham’s Book is a digital project of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library at the Ohio State University. It provides access to the digitized manuscript pages of the commonplace book, as well as supplementary materials to aid the user’s exploration of its contents.
This online rhetoric, provided by Dr. Gideon Burton of Brigham Young University, is a guide to the terms of classical and Renaissance rhetoric.
Six Degrees of Francis Bacon (SDFB) is a digital reconstruction of the early modern social network (EMSN) that scholars and students from all over the world will be able to collaboratively expand, revise, curate, and critique.
Il portale per la storia della città.
Verse Miscellanies Online is a searchable critical edition of seven printed verse miscellanies published in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.
The Virtual Paul’s Cross Project, supported by a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, uses visual and acoustic modeling software to combine visual images from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries with measurements of these buildings made during archaeological surveys of their foundations. The Project also integrates into the visual model the look of a November day in London, with overcast skies and an atmosphere thick with smoke. The acoustic simulation recreates the acoustic properties of Paul’s Churchyard, incorporating information about the dispersive, absorptive, or reflective qualities of the buildings and the spaces between them. As a result, we may hear all two hours of John Donne’s sermon for Gunpowder Day in the space of its original delivery and in the context of church bells and the random ambient noises of dogs, birds, horses, and crowds of up to 5,000 people.
This site includes the Italian text and Allen Mandelbaum’s translation of the Divine Comedy marked up in XML, an interactive timeline, an interactive version of Botticelli’s Chart of Hell, an array of maps of Dante’s Italy and all three realms of the afterlife, musical recordings of the liturgical chants and hymns mentioned in Purgatory and Paradise, a gallery of more than 600 images, a searchable database, and teaching resources and activities.
Subscription required for access (though some material may be freely available)
Arkyves is a website that offers a single access point to a variety of scholarly databases of early modern sources, such as emblems, printer’s devices, fables, adages, mythography, and typography. Its focus is on subject indexing. Subject queries can be done in English, French, Italian and German. By subscription.
Texts, dictionaries, and reference works. Some public resources available; other resources by subscription.
The Brown University Women Writers Project is a long-term research project devoted to early modern women’s writing and electronic text encoding. Our goal is to bring texts by pre-Victorian women writers out of the archive and make them accessible to a wide audience of teachers, students, scholars, and the general reader.
Printed sources from pre-1700 digitized from the major libraries of Europe for scholarly research.
From the Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh. Includes Medical Humanities Dissertations: a monthly listing of recent doctoral dissertations worldwide covering aspects of the medical humanities including the history of medicine and science. Full text access to materials requires subscription through other databases.
Iter, meaning a journey or a path in Latin, is a not-for-profit research project with partners in Toronto, Canada (the headquarters), and Tempe, Arizona. Iter was created for the advancement of learning in the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400–1700) through the development of online resources. Mainly by subscription though some resources are freely available.
The continuously expanding project publishes online the important resources constituted by the well-known SISMEL’s databases (Medioevo latino, the Bibliotheca Scriptorum Latinorum Medii recentiorisque Aevi, the Compendium Auctorum Medii Aevi) and by the prestigious journals published by the Edizioni del Galluzzo. By subscription though some resources are free.
Developed by Oxford University Press, Oxford Bibliographies in Renaissance and Reformation offers exclusive, authoritative, and peer-reviewed research guides to key topics within the field of Renaissance Studies. Combining the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia, this cutting-edge resource guides students and researchers to the best available scholarship in the field. By subscription.
Institutions and societies
Founded in 1970, the Folger Institute is a center for advanced study and research in the humanities, which is sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library and a consortium of forty universities in the US and abroad. The Institute’s multidisciplinary and cross-cultural programs are conducted as gatherings of mature scholars, faculty, and graduate students from affiliated universities.
Our mission at the Samuel H. Kress Foundation (est. 1929) is to sustain and carry out the original vision of our founder, Samuel H. Kress (1863–1955). We support the work of individuals and institutions engaged with the appreciation, interpretation, preservation, study, and teaching of the history of European art and architecture from antiquity to the dawn of the modern era.
Università di Firenze, Napoli, Palermo, Venezia e Verona Associazione Culturale Reti Medievali.
Exhibition and catalogues marking the anniversary of the university and its library.
This exhibition presents Renaissance editions of Dante’s Divine Comedy from the John A. Zahm, CSC, Dante Collection at the University of Notre Dame, together with selected treasures from The Newberry Library.
This older version of the site has some additional images and has better image credits, though the other URL has a better interface.
A Library of Congress Exhibition from 8 January–30 April 1993 (Vatican Library mss).