Vittorino da Feltre and Other Humanist Educators

By William Harrison Woodward Foreword by Eugene F. Rice, Jr.

© 1996

'The humanist idea of education is among the permanently influential legacies of the Italian Renaissance. Four short Latin treatises published between 1400 and 1460 define it admirably: Pier Paolo Vergerio's De ingenuis moribus et liberalibus adolescentiae studiis; Leonardo Bruni's De studiis et literis; the De liberorum educatione of Aeneas Sylvius, who later became Pope Pius II; and Battista Guarino's De ordine docendi et studendi. Translated into English by William Harrison Woodward and framed, on the one hand, by his description of the famous school founded by Vittorino da Feltre in 1424 at the court of Gianfrancesco Gonzaga, marquis of Mantua, and, on the other, by a judiciously balanced analysis of the aims and methods of the humanist educators, these important texts form the heart of a book that has remained for almost seventy years the fundamental study of early Renaissance educational theory and practice.'

From the foreword by Eugene F. Rice Jr.

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  • Series: RSART: Renaissance Society of America Reprint Text Series
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  • Page Count: 264 pages
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Four short Latin treatises published between 1400 and 1460 define the humanist idea of education and form the heart of a book that has remained for almost seventy years the fundamental study of early Renaissance educational theory and practice.

Vittorino da Feltre and Other Humanist Educators

By William Harrison Woodward Foreword by Eugene F. Rice, Jr.

© 1996

'The humanist idea of education is among the permanently influential legacies of the Italian Renaissance. Four short Latin treatises published between 1400 and 1460 define it admirably: Pier Paolo Vergerio's De ingenuis moribus et liberalibus adolescentiae studiis; Leonardo Bruni's De studiis et literis; the De liberorum educatione of Aeneas Sylvius, who later became Pope Pius II; and Battista Guarino's De ordine docendi et studendi. Translated into English by William Harrison Woodward and framed, on the one hand, by his description of the famous school founded by Vittorino da Feltre in 1424 at the court of Gianfrancesco Gonzaga, marquis of Mantua, and, on the other, by a judiciously balanced analysis of the aims and methods of the humanist educators, these important texts form the heart of a book that has remained for almost seventy years the fundamental study of early Renaissance educational theory and practice.'

From the foreword by Eugene F. Rice Jr.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: RSART: Renaissance Society of America Reprint Text Series
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    William Harrison Woodward (1856-1941) was a lecturer in Education at Victoria University.



    Eugene F. Rice Jr. (1924-2008) was the William R. Shepherd Professor of History Emeritus at Columbia University.