Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Winter 1972

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Chair

B. Stephen Bayless

Second Committee Member

Constance H. Speth

Third Committee Member

Charles H. Nadler

Fourth Committee Member

Harriet S. Dolphin


This thesis demonstrates the correspondence between the visual arts and the literary sources of a given period in art history. During the Florentine Renaissance this correspondence lay between the Neoplatonism of Marsilio Picino and Giovanni Pico della Mirandola and the Visual art of the predominant artists; specifically, Sandro Botticelli and Michelangelo Buonarrotti. The impulse that is common to these creative minds is the Neoplatonic conception or the visual image. It is through a study or this tacit dimension that we are able to some extent to view the meaning of Renaissance art.