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The scarith of Scornello : a tale of Renaissance forgery

Author: Ingrid D Rowland; Arthur Freeman; Janet Ing Freeman; Bibliotheca Fictiva: The Arthur & Janet Freeman Collection of Literary & Historical Forgery.
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A precocious teenager, bored with life at his family's Tuscan villa Scornello, Curzio Inghirami staged perhaps the most outlandish prank of the seventeenth century. Born in the age of Galileo to an illustrious family with ties to the Medici, and thus an educated and privileged young man, Curzio concocted a wild scheme that would in the end catch the attention of the Vatican and scandalize all of Rome."
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Named Person: Curzio Inghirami; Curzio Inghirami
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ingrid D Rowland; Arthur Freeman; Janet Ing Freeman; Bibliotheca Fictiva: The Arthur & Janet Freeman Collection of Literary & Historical Forgery.
ISBN: 0226730360 9780226730363 0226730379 9780226730370
OCLC Number: 55597174
Notes: A study of the forgeries of Curzio Inghirami.
Description: x, 230 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Discovery: 1634 --
The investigation: 1635 --
The spy: 1638 --
About paper: 1635-1640 --
The defender defended: 1641 --
Curzio attacks: 1645 --
A forger's reasons: 1640s --
The sublime art --
Eppur si muove: 1966.
Responsibility: Ingrid D. Rowland.
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"A precocious teenager, bored with life at his family's Tuscan villa Scornello, Curzio Inghirami staged perhaps the most outlandish prank of the seventeenth century. Born in the age of Galileo to an illustrious family with ties to the Medici, and thus an educated and privileged young man, Curzio concocted a wild scheme that would in the end catch the attention of the Vatican and scandalize all of Rome."

"As recounted here by Ingrid D. Rowland, Curzio preyed on the Italian fixation with ancestry to forge an array of ancient Latin and Etruscan documents. For authenticity's sake, he stashed the counterfeit treasure in scarith (capsules made of hair and mud) near Scornello. To the seventeenth-century Tuscans who were so eager to establish proof of their heritage and history, the scarith symbolized a link to the prestigious culture of their past. But because none of these proud Italians could actually read the ancient Etruscan language, they couldn't know for certain that the documents were frauds.

The Scarith of Scornello traces the career of this young scam artist whose "discoveries" reached the Vatican shortly after Galileo was condemned by the Inquisition, inspiring participants on both sides of the affair to clash again - this time over Etruscan history."--Jacket.

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