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On the beauty of women

Author: Agnolo Firenzuola; Konrad Eisenbichler; Jacqueline Murray
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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First published in 1548, Agnolo Firenzuola's On the Beauty of Women purports to be the record of two conversations shared by a young gentleman, Celso, and four ladies of the upper bourgeoisie of Prato, a small city in the vicinity of Florence. Meeting one afternoon in a sun-drenched garden, Celso and the ladies consider universal beauty as the proper, natural balance of individually beautiful parts. On a subsequent  Read more...
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Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Agnolo Firenzuola; Konrad Eisenbichler; Jacqueline Murray
ISBN: 0812231589 9780812231588 0812214048 9780812214048
OCLC Number: 26132960
Notes: Fictional dialogues.
Translation of: Discorsi delle bellezze delle donne.
Description: 87 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Biography --
Firenzuola's Works --
The Structure of the Dialogue --
The Characters of the Dialogue --
The Courtship Game --
Intellectual Background to Renaissance Neoplatonism --
Firenzuola, Neoplatonism, and Art --
Ideas about the Nature of Women --
Critical Comments on the Dialogue On the Beauty of Women --
Translation Criteria --
Proem --
First Dialogue --
Second Dialogue --
Notes to the Proem --
Notes to the First Dialogue --
Notes to the Second Dialogue.
Other Titles: Discorsi delle bellezze delle donne.
Responsibility: Agnolo Firenzuola ; translated and edited by Konrad Eisenbichler and Jacqueline Murray.

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First published in 1548, Agnolo Firenzuola's On the Beauty of Women purports to be the record of two conversations shared by a young gentleman, Celso, and four ladies of the upper bourgeoisie of Prato, a small city in the vicinity of Florence. Meeting one afternoon in a sun-drenched garden, Celso and the ladies consider universal beauty as the proper, natural balance of individually beautiful parts. On a subsequent evening, the five move to the home of one of the ladies and attempt to fashion a composite picture of perfect beauty by combining the beautiful features of women they know. The standards of beauty established in the garden give way to the artistic, creative imagination of the human spirit, and the group's movement from garden to hall seems to echo the dialogue's movement from Nature to Art, from divinely to humanly created beauty.

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