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Baldassare Castiglione

(1478—1529)

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Andrea Schiavone

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(b Zara, Dalmatia [now Zadar, Croatia], c.1510/15; d Venice, 1 Dec. 1563).

Italian painter and etcher. His nickname ‘Schiavone’ means ‘Slav’, reflecting the fact that he came from...

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Antonio Tebaldeo

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(1463–1537),

Italian poet, born in Ferrara, where his responsibilities in the Este court included serving as a tutor to Isabella d' Este and acting as personal secretary to...

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Bernardo Bembo

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(1433–1519).

Venetian humanist and politician, who was in contact with figures such as Lorenzo de' Medici, Ficino, Landino, and Castiglione. He himself wrote speeches and letters,...

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Bernardo Dovizi

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).

(1470–1520),

Italian cardinal and playwright, born in Bibbiena (near Florence). He secured the patronage of Cardinal Giovanni de' Medici (later Pope Leo X) and followed him into...

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Boscà I D'Almugàver, Joan

Overview page. Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).

(c.1490–1542),

Catalan poet (writing in Castilian) and translator, born into an aristocratic Catalan family in Barcelona. He lived most of his life as a courtier in Castile, acting...

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Coryciana

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(1524).

Collection of 399 Latin poems entirely devoted to the praise of a statue of St Anne, the Virgin and Child by Andrea Sansovino, and of an adjoining picture of ...

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courtesy literature

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As a distinct literary genre teaching courtiers and others good manners and morals, was imported into England through works such as Il Cortegiano of Castiglione (translated by Hoby in...

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courts

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Traditionally the power base of a prince and the refuge for courtiers, took on what is now judged their characteristic form during the later Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Stable ...

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Demetrius Chalcondyles

Overview page. Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).

(1423–1511),

Greek scholar in Italy. Chalcondyles was an Athenian who lived in the circle of Bessarion in Rome and in 1464 became the first holder of the professorship of Greek ...

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Dialogues, Renaissance

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As a genre the dialogue's status was uncertain, since there existed no classical theoretical discussion of the form. It was not until the second half of the 16th c. that ...

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