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In this lucid, carefully crafted, and judicious study, Murphy draws on a wealth of untapped personal correspondence and administrative records in the Mantuan archives to rescue Gonzaga from this cliche and to flesh out the portrait of one of Italy's most powerful, privileged, and--until the end--respected prelates.
But even this Mantuan collection, though strongly influenced by Comparetti's principles, maintained an essentially regionalistic nature, focusing its attention solely on the literature of one area.
With their hiring of Giacomo Antonio Marta, who taught civil jurisprudence, and Fabrizio Bartoletti, who taught medicine, the Gonzaga could respectably claim to have mounted a good academic curriculum not only for local Mantuan residents and a variety of scholars coming from other cities in the peninsula, but especially for German students, who constituted at the time the most conspicuous foreign natione, as the various occurrences of their active presence in the universities of Padua and Bologna demonstrate.
The Mantuan center, looking forward to the sixth centennial of Alberti's birth (18 February 1404), organized no less than eight congresses and three exhibitions that took place between 2002 and 2006: the fruit of two of the eight congresses, almost 1,000 pages of scholarly work, make up the volumes reviewed here.
After relative stagnation during the Christian Middle Ages, the tradition was revitalized by neoclassical artisans including Petrarch (Bucolicum carmen, 1348) and Mantuan (Bucolica, 1508), and culminated, in English, in the work of familiar writers like Edmund Spenser (The Shepheardes Calendar, 1579), Philip Sidney (Arcadia, c.
Its manners and modes of behaviour are still with us and could, with a leap of imagination, be said to parallel the pioneering artistic spirit of the Mantuan court which gave rise, in 1607, to composer Claudio Monteverdi and librettist Alessandro Striggio's Orfeo.
The city fathers in the Mantuan senate protested the sale and wanted to buy them back, but, according to Brotton, all Duke Vincenzo seemed to care about was using part of the dough to buy himself a female dwarf.
7) See Lisa Sampson, 'The Mantuan Performance of Guarini's Pastor fido and Representation of Courtly Identity', Modern Language Review, 98 (2003), 65-83, on the early reception and performance of the play.
For instance, a Mantuan Jew, Leone de Sommi (identified in documents as "Leone hebreo"), in 1567 petitioned Duke Guglielmo Gonzaga for permission to set up a "stanza" for the presentation of comedies "by those who go about performing for a price.
They suit every occasion from formal to casual and include many of her favourites such as a risotto with lemon, gazpacho, mantuan chicken, or a grillade of lamb breast.
Steven was a classicist, and I wish I'd had time to ask him why the wise Socrates has to go to a 50ish Mantuan woman, Diotima, to teach him about the love that creates equals.
The opera will feature naked chorus girls to reflect the moral degradation and sexual excess of the Mantuan Ducal court.
Servius is, unsuccessfully, attempting to explain the word sacra in Virgil by assuming that, since he was a Mantuan and therefore originally from Gallia Cisalpina, he might have used the word in a specifically Gallic sense.
Nor is this a minor topic, the spasmodic rumblings of decayed and inert states: the War of the Mantuan Succession involved the armies of France, Piedmont, Venice and the Empire (and nearly the fleets of Holland and England), and engaged thousands of troops for the better part of two decades.
The latter had taken place less than half a century before he was born; the Mantuan po et Sordello, for one, had spent a major part of his life at the court of Toulouse.
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