Pico in English: A Bibliography

The Works of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463-1494)

With a List of Studies and Commentaries







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Conclusiones DCCC

Commento sopra una canzone d’amore di Girolamo Benivieni

De Ente et Uno


Disputationes adversus Astrologiam Divinatricem

Epistola ad Hermolao Barbaro

Duodecim Regulae

In Psalmum 15 Commentarius

Duodecim Arma Spiritualis

Duodecim Conditiones Amantis


Life of Pico, by Gianfrancesco Pico della Mirandola (1469-1533)



Studies and Commentaries

Allen, Michael J. B. “The Second Ficino-Pico Controversy: Parmenidean Poetry, Eristic, and the One,” in Marsilio Ficino e il Ritorno di Platone: Studi e Documenti, edited by Gian Carlo Garfagnini, vol. II (Firenze: Leo S. Olschki Editore, 1986), 417-55.

Allen, Michael J. B. “Cultura Hominis: Giovanni Pico, Marilio Ficino, and the Idea of Man,” in Giovanni Pico della Mirandola: Convegno internazionale di Studi nel Cinquecentesimo Anniversario della Morte (1494-1994), edited by Gian Carlo Garfagnini (Firenze: Leo S. Olschki Editore, 1997), 173-96.

Berger, Jr., Harry. “Pico and Neoplatonist Idealism: Philosophy as Escape,” Centennial Review 13 (1969), 38-83.

Breen, Quirinus. “Giovanni Pico della Mirandola on the Conflict of Philosophy and Rhetoric” Journal of the History of Ideas 13 (1952), 384-91.

Cassirer, Ernst. “Giovanni Pico della Mirandola: A Study in the History of Renaissance Ideas,” Journal of the History of Ideas 3 (1942), 123-44, 319-46.

Copenhaver, Brian P. “Magic and the Dignity of Man: De-Kanting Pico’s Oration,” in The Italian Renaissance in the Twentieth Century,” edited by Allen J. Grieco, Michael Rocke, Fiorella Gioffredi Superbi (Firenze: Leo S. Olschki Editore, 2002), 295-320.

Copenhaver, Brian P. “The Secret of Pico’s Oration: Cabala and Renaissance Philosophy” in Renaissance and Early Modern Philosophy, edited by Peter A. French, Howard K Wettstein, Bruce Silver. Midwest Studies in Philosophy, vol. XXVI (Boston: Blackwell Publishing, 2002), 56-81.

Copenhaver, Brian P., and Schmitt, Charles B. “Giovanni Pico and Nicholas of Cusa” in: Renaissance Philosophy, vol. 3 of A History of Western Philosophy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992), 163-84.

Costa, Dennis. “Stuck Sow or Broken Heart: Pico’s Oratio as Ritual Sacrifice,” Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies 12 (1982), 221-35.

Craven, William G. Giovanni Pico della Mirandola: Symbol of his Age: Modern Interpretations of a Renaissance Philosopher (Geneva: Libraire Droz, 1981).

D’Amico, John F. “Paulo Cortesi’s Rehabilitation of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola,” Bibliotheque d’Humanisme et Renaissance 44 (1982), 37-51.

de Lubac, Henri. “Giovanni Pico della Mirandola and Pedro Garcia,” in Theology in History, translated by Anne Englund Nash (San Francisco: Ignatius Press), 40-4.

Dougherty, M. V. “Two Possible Sources for Pico's Oratio,” Vivarium 40 (2002), 219-241.

Dulles, Avery. Princeps Concordiae: Pico della Mirandola and the Scholastic Tradition (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1941).

Farmer, Stephen Alan. The Problem of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola: The Early Writings (Ph.D. dissertation, Stanford University, 1977).

Fitzgerald, Desmond J. “Some Notes on Pico’s Dispute with Astrology,” in Arts Libéraux et Philosophie au Moyen Âge (Paris: Libraire Philosophique J. Vrin, 1969), 1049-55.

Garin, Eugenio. “Giovanni Pico della Mirandola” chapter VII of Portraits from the Quattrocento, translated by Victor A. Velen and Elizabeth Velen (New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1963), 190-221.

Garin, Eugenio. “Pico della Mirandola and the Attack on Rhetoric,” “Man,” “The Peace of Philosophy,” “The Attack on Astrology,” “The Beginnings of Platonic Apologetics,” chapters 6-10 of Italian Humanism: Philosophy and Civic Life in the Renaissance, translated by Peter Munz (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1965), 101-13.

Garin, Eugenio. Astrology in the Renaissance: The Zodiac of Life, translated by Carolyn Jackson and June Allen, and revised in conjunction with the author by Clare Robertson (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul,1983).

Hankins, James. “Pico della Mirandola, Giovanni (1463-94),” in The Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, edited by Edward Craig, vol. VII (London: Routledge Publishers, 1998), 386-92.

Hughes, Philip Edgcumbe. “Pico della Mirandola: 1463-1494: A Study of an Intellectual Pilgrimage,” Philosophia Reformata 23 (1958), 108-135, 164-81. Continued in Philosophia Reformata 24 (1959), 17-44, 65-73.

Kerrigan, William, and Braden, Gordon. “Pico della Mirandola and Renaissance Ambition,” chapter 7 of The Idea of the Renaissance (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989), 117-33.

Kibre, Pearl. The Library of Pico della Mirandola (New York: Columbia University Press, 1936 [Reprinted, New York, AMS Press, 1966]).

Kraye, Jill. “Lorenzo and the Philosophers,” in Lorenzo the Magnificent: Culture and Politics, edited by Michael Mallett and Nicholas Mann (London: The Warburg Institute), 1996.

Kristeller, Paul Oskar. “The Dignity of Man,” chapter 9 of Renaissance Thought and its Sources, edited by Michael Mooney (New York: Columbia University Press, 1979), 169-81.

Kristeller, Paul Oskar. “Pico della Mirandola, Count Giovanni,” in The Encyclopedia of Philosophy, edited by Paul Edwards, vol. 6 (New York: MacMillen Publishing Company, 1967), 307-11.

Kristeller, Paul Oskar. “Pico,” chapter 4 of Eight Philosophers of the Italian Renaissance (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1964), 54-71.

Kristeller, Paul Oskar. “Giovanni Pico della Mirandola and his Sources,” in L’Opera e il Pensiero di Giovanni Pico della Mirandola nella Storia dell’Umanismo, vol. 1 (Firenze: Nella Sede dell’Instituto, 1965), 35-84.

Kristeller, Paul Oskar. “The Latin Poems of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola: A Supplementary Note,” in Poetry and Poetics from Ancient Greece to the Renaissance: Studies in Honor of James Hutton, edited by G. M. Kirkwood (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1975), 185-206.

Kristeller, Paul Oskar. Medieval Aspects of Renaissance Learning: Three Essays, edited and translated by Edward P. Mahoney (Durham: Duke University Press, 1974[2nd edition, 1993]).

Laureys, Marc. “The Reception of Giovanni Pico in the Low Countries,” in Giovanni Pico della Mirandola: Convegno internazionale di Studi nel Cinquecentesimo Anniversario della Morte (1494-1994), edited by Gian Carlo Garfagnini (Firenze: Leo S. Olschki Editore, 1997), 625-40.

Mahoney, Edward P. “Pico, Plato, and Albert the Great: The Testimony and Evaluation of Agostino Nifo,” Medieval Philosophy and Theology 2 (1992), 165-92.

Mahoney, Edward P. “Giovanni Pico della Mirandola and Origen on Humans, Choice, and Hierarchy,” Vivens Homo 5 (1994), 359-76.

Mahoney, Edward P. “Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola and Elia Del Medigo, Nicoletto Vernia and Agostino Nifo,” in Giovanni Pico della Mirandola: Convegno internazionale di Studi nel Cinquecentesimo Anniversario della Morte (1494-1994), edited by Gian Carlo Garfagnini (Firenze: Leo S. Olschki Editore, 1997), 127-56.

McKnight, Stephen A. “Ficino, Pico, and the New God: Anthropos,” chapter 3 of Sacralizing the Secular: The Renaissance Origins of Modernity (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1981), **-70.

Montgomery, John Warwick. “Eros and Agape in the Thought of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola,” Concordia Theological Monthly 32 (1961), 733-46.

Novak, B. C. “Giovanni Pico della Mirandola and Jochanan Alemanno,” Journal of the Warburg and Coutauld Institutes 45 (1982), 125-47.

O’Malley, John W. “Preaching for the Popes” in The Pursuit of Holiness in Late Medieval and Renaissance Religion, edited by Charles Trinkaus and Heiko Oberman (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1974), 408-40.

O’Malley, John W. Rhetoric. Doctrine, and Reform in the Sacred Orators of the Papal Court, c. 1450-1521 (Durham: Duke University Press, 1979).

Panizza, Letizia. “Pico della Mirandola’s 1485 Parody of Scholastic ‘Barbarians’,” in Italy in Crisis: 1494, edited by Jane Everson and Diego Zancani (Oxford: European Humanities Research Centre, 2000), 152-74.

Parks, George B. “Pico della Mirandola in Tudor Translation” in Philosophy and Humanism: Renaissance Essays in Honor of Paul Oskar Kristeller, edited by Edward P. Mahoney (Leiden: E. J. Brill), 352-69.

Rabin, Sheila J. “Kepler’s Attitude Toward Pico and the Anti-Astrology Polemic” Renaissance Quarterly 50 (1997), 750-70.

Rigg, J. M. “Introduction” in Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola (London: David Nutt, 1890), v-xl.

Trinkaus, Charles. “Cosmos and Man: Marsilio Ficino and Giovanni Pico on the Structure of the Universe and the Freedom of Man,” Vivens Homo 5 (1994), 335-57.

Trinkaus, Charles. “Giovanni Pico della Mirandola on the Place of Man in the Cosmos: Egidio da Viterbo on the Dignity of Men and Angels,” chapter 10 of In Our Image and Likeness: Humanity and Divinity in Italian Humanist Thought, vol. 2 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1970), 505-29.

Thompson, David. “Pico della Mirandola’s Praise of Lorenzo (and Critique of Dante and Petrarch),” Neophilologus 54 (1970), 123-6.

Thorndike, Lynn. A History of Magic and Experimental Science, vol. 4 (New York: Columbia University Press, 1934).

Waddington, Raymond B. “The Sun at the Center: Structure as Meaning in Pico della Mirandola’s Heptaplus,” Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies 3 (1973), 69-86.

Walker, D. P. Spiritual and Demonic Magic from Ficino to Campanella (London: Warburg Institute, 1958 [Reprinted with a new introduction by Brian P. Copenhaver, University Park: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2000]).

Wind, Edgar. “The Revival of Origen” in Studies in Art and Literature for Belle Da Costa Greene, edited by Dorothy Miner (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1954), 412-24.

Wirszubski, Chaim. Pico della Mirandola’s Encounter with Jewish Mysticism (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1989).

Wirszubski, Chaim. “Giovanni Pico's Book of Job,” Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institute 32 (1969), 171-99.

Yates, Frances A. “Giovanni Pico della Mirandola and Magic,” in L’Opera e il Pensiero di Giovanni Pico della Mirandola nella Storia dell’Umanismo, vol. 1 (Firenze: Nella Sede dell’Instituto, 1965), 159-204.

Yates, Frances A. “Pico della Mirandola and Cabalist Magic,” chapter 5 of Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1964), 84-116.

Yates, Frances A. “The Occult Philosophy in the Italian Renaissance: Pico della Mirandola,” chapter II of The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1979), 17-22. 

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