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Sprezzatura : 50 ways Italian genius shaped the world

Author: Peter D'Epiro; Mary Desmond Pinkowish
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st Anchor Books edView all editions and formats
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter D'Epiro; Mary Desmond Pinkowish
ISBN: 038572019X 9780385720199
OCLC Number: 46641594
Description: 396 p. : map ; 21 cm.
Contents: Rome gives the world a calendar --
twice --
The Roman Republic and our own --
Julius Caesar and the imperial purple --
Catullus revolutionizes love poetry --
Master builders of the ancient world --
"Satire is wholly ours" --
Ovid's treasure hoard of myth and fable --
The Roman legacy of law --
St. Benedict: father of Western monasticism, preserver of the Roman heritage --
Salerno and Bologna: the earliest medical school and university --
St. Francis of Assisi --
Emperor Frederick II, King of Sicily and Jerusalem --
St. Thomas Aquinas: Titan of theology --
Dante's incomparable Comedy --
Banks, bookkeeping, and the rise of commerical capitalism --
Petrarch: creator of the modern lyric --
Boccaccio and the development of Western literary realism --
The mystic as activist: St. Catherine of Siena --
Inventors of the visual language of the Renaissance: Brunelleschi, Donatello, Masaccio --
Lorenzo Ghiberti and the "Gates of Paradise" --
Cosimo and Lorenzo de' Medici, grand patrons of art and learning --
Sigismondo Malatesta: the condottiere with a vision --
Leonardo da Vinci: Renaissance man, eternal enigma --
A new world beckons: Columbus, Cabot, Vespucci, Verrazano --
Machiavelli and the dawn of modern political science --
Michelangelo: epitome of human artistry --
Sprezzatura and Castiglione's concept of the gentleman --
Aretino: self-publicist, pornographer, "secretary of the world" --
Giovanni Della Casa's Galateo: etiquette book par excellence --
Andrea Palladio and his "bible" of building --
Catherine de' Medici: godmother of French cuisine --
Peri's Euridice: the birth of opera from the spirit of tragedy --
Galileo frames the foundations of modern science --
Two sonorous gifts: the violin and the piano --
Claudio Monteverdi, father of modern music --
The baroque splendors of Bernini --
Pioneers of modern anatomy: Eustachio, Fallopio, Malpighi, Morgagni, et. al. --
Founder of modern penology: Cesare Beccaria --
Trailblazers in electricity: Galvani and Volta --
Venice: rhapsody in stone, water, melody, and color --
Europe's premier poet of pessimism: Giacomo Leopardi --
Giuseppe Garibaldi: a united Italy emerges --
The last "Renaissance" prince: D'Annunzio at Fiume --
La Dottoressa: Maria Montessori and a new era in early childhood education --
Marconi invents the radio --
Enrico Fermi: father of the atomic age --
Roberto Rossellini: neorealist cinema and beyond --
An unlikely international bestseller: Lampedusa's The Leopard --
Ferrari: on the road to perfection --
La moda italiana: the art of apparel.
Responsibility: Peter D'Epiro and Mary Desmond Pinkowish.
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