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Castiglione declined to imitate Boccaccio and write in Tuscan Italian, as was customary at the time; instead he wrote in the Italian used in his native Lombardy he was born near Mantua: In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote Wikisource.

Giuliano de’ Medici was also the person to whom Machiavelli had first planned to address his book The Prince[26] though due to Giuliano’s death it was instead dedicated to his nephew, Lorenzo.

It depicts an elegant philosophical conversation, presided over by Elisabetta Dastiglionewhose husband, Guidobaldo, an invalid, was confined to bed and her sister-in-law Emilia Pia. That Castiglione’s love for Ippolita was of a very different nature casgiglione his former platonic attachment to Elisabetta Gonzaga is evidenced by the two deeply passionate letters he wrote to her that have survived.

The Pennsylvania State University Press. It takes the form of a Renaissance dialogue, a literary form that incorporated elements of drama, conversation, philosophy, and essay. The four days of this colloquium correspond with the four books of the volume in which participated distinguished friend of the Court of Urbino: It addresses the topic, proposed by Federigo Fregoso, of what constitutes an ideal Renaissance gentleman.

Castiglione’s letters reveal not only the man and his personality but also delineating those of famous people he had met and his diplomatic activities: Castiglione’s depiction of how the ideal gentleman should be educated and behave remained, for better or for worse, the touchstone of behavior for all the upper classes of Europe for the next five centuries.

Pietro Aretino ‘s La cortigiana is a parody of this famous work. This page was last edited on 28 Septemberat Baldassare Castiglione of Mantua, endowed by nature with every gift and the knowledge of many disciplines, learned in Greek and Latin literature, and a poet in the Italian Tuscan language, was given a castle in Pesaro on account of his military prowess, after he had conducted embassies to both great Britain and Rome.

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The book is organized as a series of fictional conversations that occur between the courtiers of the Duke of Urbino in when Castiglione was in fact part of the Duke’s Court. In the best style of the Italian humanism, El Cortesano is an essay on politics and manners, characteristic of the Courtesan literature, that is developed in a fictional dialogue.

This, at least, is the theory; but in practice, they concede, it is easier to become a perfect courtier if one is born into a distinguished family.

The reader is led to conclude that Pallavicino’s bitterness toward the female sex may be the result of a sincere young man’s deep disappointment in love, and this throws into question somewhat the sincerity of the smooth and affable Giuliano, the defender or flatterer, as Pallavicino suggests of women.

By applying sprezzatura to his speech and everything else he does, the courtier appears to have grazia and impresses his audience, thereby achieving excellence and perfection.

Pietro Bembo, who was a poet and arbiter of elegance in the Italian language, in fact, even questions whether it is necessary. His Life and Letters, — London: Or, How Castiglione Read Cicero”, Young men’s love naturally tends to be sensual, but Bembo talks about a kind of imaginative, non-physical love that is available to young and old alike. There he was friendly with many artists and writers; including Raphaelwhom he already knew from Urbino, and who frequently sought his advice.

Giuliano married the seventeen-year-old Filiberta of Savoy inthe first Medici to marry outside of Italy.

The hosts and guests organized intellectual contests, pageants, dances, concerts, recitations, plays, and other cultural activities, producing brilliant literary works. To his moral elegance his personal goodness must be added the cortesanp elegance conferred by familiarity with good literature i. Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione by Raphael.

Ambrose in declared De officiis legitimate for the Church to use along with everything else that Cicero and the equally popular Roman philosopher Seneca had written.

The Count contends that if the courtier wants to attain grazia and be esteemed excellent, it would be in his best interest to have this appearance of nonchalance.

It was designed by the mannerist painter and architect Giulio Romanoa pupil of Raphael, and inscribed with the following words:.

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La Araucana, de Alonso de Ercilla. Castiglione’s book changed that. The Count explains that along with proper word usage, an ideal courtier must have a proper sense of style and flow to their words.

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Painting possesses a truly divine power in that not only does it make the absent present as they say of friendshipbut it also represents the dead to the living many centuries later, so that they are recognized by spectators with pleasure and deep admiration for the artist.

To this, another interlocutor, a very youthful Gaspare Pallavicino, objects that many outstanding and virtuous men have been of balttasar origins. Castiglione himself does not contribute to the discussion, which is imagined as having occurred while he was away. In his treatise on casiglione Leon Battista Alberti described the function of portraiture this way: His mother, Luigia Gonzaga, who to her own sorrow outlived her son, placed this memorial to him in To do this he had to win the respect and friendship of his peers and most importantly of a ruler, or prince, i.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Music likewise promotes habits of harmony and virtue in the individual and should therefore be learned beginning in childhood. Giuliano de’ Medici agrees that for the courtier music is not just an ornament but a necessity, as it is indeed for men and women in all walks of life.

Ottaviano became Doge of Genoa; and during his reign, his younger brother Federigo, a cardinal, assisted him and was given command of the military. Music is brought up, and Ludovico Canossa declares that the courtier should be able to read music and play several instruments.

See Hannis Taylor, Cicero: Bembo was born in and inwhen the dialog is supposed to have taken place, would have been in his mid-thirties. Nowhere was its influence greater than in England, where it was translated by Sir Thomas Hoby in and is a recognizable source for Shakespeare. In tribute to their friendship, Raphael painted his famous portrait of Castiglionenow at the Louvre.

Another feature of rhetoric which Castiglione discusses is the role of written language and style. Raphael, Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione.