smarthistory

Smarthistory’s free, award-winning digital content unlocks the expertise of hundreds of leading scholars, making the history of art accessible and engaging to more people, in more places, than any other publisher. Smarthistory is the most visited art history resource in the world. Smarthistory supports students, instructors, and lifelong learners everywhere. While Smarthistory has a global reach, there are an abundance of resources about Renaissance art and architecture, in Europe and in places like the Americas and Asia. All essays and videos are made with content experts, and are the result of collaborations with more than 400+ scholars.

Oxford Bibliographies

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.

Amerasia

In 1545, the German mathematician and cartographer Caspar Vopel (1511-1561) designed a famous and influential map of the world, A New Complete and Universal Description of the Whole World, that depicts Asia and America overlapping on the same landmass. Using an interactive, high-definition interface, Amerasia explores the map’s content. Blue pins indicate translated cartouches, pink pins offer short entries on sites with particular Amerasian significance, and yellow pins offer extended essays on Amerasian themes.

UK RED: Reading Experience Database

UK RED is an open-access database housed at The Open University containing over 30,000 easily searchable records documenting the history of reading in Britain from 1450 to 1945. Evidence of reading presented in UK RED is drawn from published and unpublished sources as diverse as diaries, commonplace books, memoirs, sociological surveys, and criminal court and prison records.

Death and Gender in Early Modernity

This site gathers artistic representations of death, dead bodies, relics, anatomical specimens and burial instructions to analyze how death altered the category of gender in the early modern period. These are testimonies of real and symbolic interventions counteracting or re-signifying the loss of sexual markers and gendered behaviours in remains that had been part of gendered human beings.With their interventions, producers and consumers of human remains (embalmers, artists, the faithful, anatomists) reinstated, effaced, or transcended the remains’ previous gender identity and the category of gender itself.

This site is useful for the study of gender in the early modern period, as well as for those studying funerary rituals, the treatment of human remains and other aspects related to death in the period as well as for art historians interested in the representation of death. Collaborations welcome.

Women and Shakespeare

Women & Shakespeare Podcast is a monthly series that features conversations with diverse women directors, actors, writers, and academics who are involved in making and interpreting Shakespeare. It is designed to harness digital humanities to redress the gender and racial disparity in academic citational practices, public discourse, and rehearsal room power dynamics in the field of Shakespeare studies and performance. Funded by NYU (New York University), Series 1 includes guests ranging from renowned actors Dona Croll, Kathy Pogson, and Janet Suzman to Orwell prize-winning author, Dr Delia Jarett Macauley to Head of Higher Education and Research at Shakespeare’s Globe and Vice-President of the Shakespeare Association of America, Professor Farah Karim-Cooper, to multiple award-winning playwright Chris Bush.