Sprezzatura 50 Ways Italian Genius Shaped the World

ISBN-10: 038572019X
ISBN-13: 9780385720199
Edition: 2001
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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/2/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

A witty, erudite celebration of fifty great Italian cultural achievements that have significantly influenced Western civilization from the authors of What Are the Seven Wonders of the World? “Sprezzatura,” or the art of effortless mastery, was coined in 1528 by Baldassare Castiglione in The Book of the Courtier. No one has demonstrated effortless mastery throughout history quite like the Italians. From the Roman calendar and the creator of the modern orchestra (Claudio Monteverdi) to the beginnings of ballet and the creator of modern political science (Niccolò Machiavelli), Sprezzatura highlights fifty great Italian cultural achievements in a series of fifty information-packed essays in chronological order.

Peter D'Epiro and Mary Desmond Pinkowish are the authors of "What Are the Seven Wonders of the World? And 100 Other Great Cultural Lists-Fully Explicated." D'Epiro lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Pinkowish lives in Larchmont, New York.

Preface
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,"alter Christus"
"Stupor mundi": Emperor Frederick II, King of Sicily and Jerusalem
St. Thomas Aquinas: Titan of theology
Dante's incomparable Comedy
Banks, bookkeeping, and the rise of commercial 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
Sprezzaturaand Castiglione's concept of the gentleman
Aretino: Self-publicist, pornographer, "secretary of the world"
Giovanni Della Casa'sGalateo:Etiquette book par excellence
Andrea Palladio and his "bible" of building
Catherine de' Medici: Godmother of French cuisine
Peri'sEuridice: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
Suggested Reading
Index
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