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Transition in the Space of Historiographical Literature: Onofrio Panvinio (1530-1568): Communicating and Transforming Church History
As surprising as this may seem, the Church’s view of history and its transition to modernity in the Early Modern period is a subject that is still practically unexplored. This may be explained by an apparent bias towards the visual media such as painting and architecture, both in the past and in the scholarship today. In order to explore the subject, I shall concentrate on the unusually intriguing sixteenth-century scholar Onofrio Panvinio (1530–68), who in his short life – he died aged 38 – produced around 70 published and unpublished works, many of which still await scholarly examination.
By way of studying how his historical works were written and circulated, I intend to demonstrate that Panvinio played a key part in the multiple transitions of the field of historical sciences during the sixteenth century.