Michele del Giogante’s House of Memory

Dale Kent

in Society and Individual in Renaissance Florence

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780520232549
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928220 | DOI:
Michele del Giogante’s House of Memory

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This chapter demonstrates the remarkable extent to which the “high” culture of the Renaissance permeated everyday life. It is also concerned with how the merchant's penchant for making records, lists, and inventories provided the framework within which the literature of the classical and feudal worlds, which shaped Christian and civic ideals, was preserved and ordered in the construction of a house of memory. Michele del Giogante was an accountant who compiled some of the most interesting anthologies, several of which contained a memory treatise. Popular culture and Michele's personal identity are equally enshrined in his memory treatise, built upon the foundation of his own house. Michele's treatise resembles the inventories of houses and possessions that many Florentines made regularly in accordance with mercantile practice. Michele's memory scheme reports that the minds of Renaissance men were a mass of associations, things that “stood for” other things.

Keywords: memory; Michele del Giogante; Renaissance; popular culture; personal identity; memory treatise; mercantile practice

Chapter.  12629 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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