Linked bibliography for the SEP article "Giovanni Pico della Mirandola" by Brian Copenhaver

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Primary Literature

The Pico of the 1496 Commentationes was an artifact of his nephew’s editorial intentions. Pico as we now know him, even more remote from the facts of his life and thought, is an artifact of twentieth century scholarship whose philosophical roots were in the nineteenth century.

Although Pico’s works, especially the Oration, are now widely available in translation, there is no complete modern edition of the original texts in Latin and Italian: such an edition is now underway in the I Tatti Renaissance Library. In the list below, (1) is the most commonly cited of the early editions. For the Oration, Heptaplus De ente et uno and Disputationes, the standard twentieth century editions were by Garin (2, 3). But for the Oration, see now Bausi (16), and for an English version see (5), which also provides translations of De ente et uno and the Heptaplus. Toussaint’s De ente et uno (11) contains a French translation. Translations and Latin texts of the Conclusions are available in (10, 14, 15). For the Commento, see (6, 7, 8). For the Psalm commentaries, see (13), and for the sonnets (9). The Latin text and an English translation of Gianfrancesco’s Life of Pico can be found in the first volume (12) of the Yale edition of the works of Thomas More, which also contains the prayers and spiritual works.

  1. Opera omnia, reprint of the Basel 1557 edition, Hildesheim: Olms, 1969. (Scholar)
  2. De hominis dignitate, Heptaplus, De ente et uno e scritti vari, ed. Eugenio Garin, Florence: Vallechi, 1942.
  3. Disputationes adversus astrologiam divinatricem, ed. Eugenio Garin, Florence: Vallechi, 1946, 1952.
  4. [Letter to Barbaro] Quirinus Breen, “Giovanni Pico della Mirandola on the Conflict of Philosophy and Rhetoric,” Journal of the History of Ideas, 13 (1952): 384–426. (Scholar)
  5. On the Dignity of Man; On Being and the One; Heptaplus, trans. Charles Wallis, Paul Miller and Douglas Carmichael, Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1965.
  6. Commentary on a canzone of Benivieni, trans. Sears Jayne, New York: Lang, 1984.
  7. Commentary on a Poem of Platonic Love, trans. D. Carmichael, Lanham: University Press of America, 1986.
  8. Commento, trans. Stéphane Toussaint, Lausanne: L’Age de l’Homme, 1989. (Scholar)
  9. Sonetti, ed. Giorgio Dilemmi, Torino: Einaudi, 1994.
  10. Conclusiones Nongentae: Le novecento tesi dell’anno 1486, ed. Albano Biondi, Florence, Olschki, 1995.
  11. L’Esprit du Quattrocento: Pic de la Mirandole: le De ente et uno et Réponses à Antonio Cittadini, ed. Stéphane Toussaint, Paris: Champion, 1995. (Scholar)
  12. The Complete Works of St. Thomas More, vol. I, ed. Anthony Edwards et al., New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997.
  13. Expositiones in Psalmos, ed. Antonino Raspanti, trans. Giacomo Raspanti, Florence: Olschki, 1997.
  14. Syncretism in the West: Pico’s 900 Theses (1486): The Evolution of Traditional Religious and Philosophical Systems, ed. and trans S.A. Farmer, Tempe: MRTS, 1998. (Scholar)
  15. 900 Conclusions philosophiques, cabalistiques e théologiques, ed. Bertrand Schefer, Paris: Allia, 1999.
  16. Discorso sulla dignità dell’uomo, ed. Francesco Bausi, Parma: Fondazione Pietro Bembo, 2003.
  17. Oeuvres philosophiques: Texte Latin, traduction et notes, ed. Olivier Boulnois and Giuseppe Tognon, Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1993.
  18. Apologia: L’Autodifesa di Pico di fronte al Tribunale dell’Inquisizione, ed. Paolo Fornaciari, Florence: Edizioni del Galluzzo, 2010. (Scholar)
  19. Oration on the Dignity of Man: A New Translation and Commentary, ed. Francesco Borghesi, Michael Papio and Massimo Riva, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.


A recent bibliography of Pico editions and works about Pico lists more than 700 studies after 1899, but only 160 for the preceding century, when even Italian scholars came late to Pico and not in large numbers:

  • Quaquarelli, Leonardo and Zita Zanardi, Pichiana: Bibliografia delle edizioni e degli studi, Florence: Olschki, 2005.

Secondary Literature

For recent items (and a few not so recent) not mentioned in Quaquarelli and Zanardi, see the list that follows; see also the on-line bibliography compiled and maintained by Michael Dougherty.

  • Black, Crofton, 2006, Pico’s Heptaplus and Biblical Hermeneutics, Leiden: Brill. (Scholar)
  • Blum, Paul Richard, 2002, “Eintracht und Religion bei Giovanni Pico della Mirandola,” in Suche nach Frieden: Politische Ethik in der frühen Neuzeit, ed. N. Brieskorn and M. Riedenauer, Stuttgart: Kohlhammer. (Scholar)
  • Busi, Giulio, 2006, “Who Does Not Wonder at this Chameleon? The Kabbalstic Library of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola,” in Hebrew to Latin/Latin to Hebre: The Mirroring of Two Cultures in the Age of Humanism: Colloquium Held at the Warburg Institute, London, October 18–19, 2004, edited by Giulio Busi, Torino: Nino Aragno. (Scholar)
  • Caroti, Stefano, 2005, “Note sulle fonti medievali di Pico della Mirandola,” Giornale Critico della Filosofia Italiana, (Series 7), 84: 60–92. (Scholar)
  • Copenhaver, Brian P., 1999, “Number, Shape, and Meaning in Pico’s Christian Cabala: The Upright Tsade, The Closed Mem, and the Gaping Jaws of Azazel,” in Natural Particulars: Nature and Disciplines in Renaissance Europe, edited by Anthony Grafton and Nancy Siraisi, Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2007a, “Maimonides, Abulafia and Pico: A Secret Aristotle for the Renaissance,” Rinascimento, 47: 23–51 (Scholar)
  • –––, 2007b, “Chi scrisse l’Orazione di Pico?,” La Magia nell’Europa Moderna: Tra antica sapienza e filosofia naturale: Atti del convegno (Firenze, 2–4 ottobre 2003, ed. F. Meroi, Florence: Olschki, 79–105. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2009, “A Grand End for a Grand Narrative: Lodovico Lazzarelli, Giovanni Mercurio da Correggio and Renaissance Hermetica,” Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft, 4: 207–23 (Scholar)
  • –––, 2014a, “Pico Risorto: Cabbalà e dignità dell’uomo nell’Italia post-unitaria,” Pico e la cabbalà, ed. F. Lelli, Mirandola: Centro Internazionale di Cultura: Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, 1–18. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2014b, “Egidio da Viterbo’s Book on Hebrew Letters: Christian Kabbalah in Papal Rome,” Renaissance Quarterly, 67: 1–42 (Scholar)
  • –––, 2015a, Magic in Western Culture from Antiquity to the Enlightenment, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2015b, The Book of Magic: From Antiquity to the Enlightenment, London: Penguin. (Scholar)
  • Dietz, Luc, 2005, “De omni re scibili – et de quibusdam aliis: A New Attempt at Understanding Pico’s ‘900 Theses,’” Neulateinisches Jahrbuch: Journal of Neo-Latin Language and Literature, 7: 295–301. (Scholar)
  • Dougherty, M.V., 2008, Pico della Mirandola: New Essays, with contributions by Michael Allen, Richard Blum, Francesco Borghesi, Michael Dougherty, Jill Kraye, Sheila Rabin, Carl Still and Michael Sudduth, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Scholar)
  • Edelheit, Amos, 2007, “The Scholastic Theology of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola: Between Biblical Faith and Academic Scepticism,’” Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie médiévales, 74: 523–70. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2008, Ficino, Pico and Savonarola: The Evolution of Humanist Theology 1461/2–1498, Leiden: Brill. (Scholar)
  • Idel, Moshe, 2007, La Cabbalà in Italia, Florence: Giuntina. (Scholar)
  • Panizza, Letizia, 1999, “Pico della Mirandola e il De genere dicendi philosophorum del 1485,” I Tatti Studies: Essays in the Renaissance, 8: 69–103. (Scholar)
  • Perani, Mauro (ed.), 2008, Guglielmo Raimondo Moncada, alias Flavio Mitridate: Un ebreo converso sicliano (Atti del convegno internazionale, Caltabellotta (Agrigento) 23–24 ottobre 2004), Palermo: Officina di Studi Medievali. (Scholar)
  • Pignandi, Sante, 1964, “Pico della Mirandola e Pascal,” Studia Patavina, 11: 201–35. (Scholar)
  • Toussaint, Stéphane, 2014, “Jamblique, Pic, Ficin et Mithridates Platonicus,” Academia, 16: 79–110. (Scholar)
  • Toussaint, Stéphane, 2014, “Pic, Hiérocles et Pythagore: La Conclusion kabbalistqe 56 selon l’opinion personelle de Pic de la Mirandole,” Academia, 16: 79–110. (Scholar)

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