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Sprezzatura: 50 Ways Italian Genius

Sprezzatura: 50 Ways Italian Genius

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By (author) Pinkowish D'epiro Peter

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  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 198mm x 25mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2002
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 038572019X
  • ISBN 13: 9780385720199
  • Edition statement: Anchor Books.
  • Illustrations note: 1 MAP
  • Sales rank: 217,836

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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 (Niccolo Machiavelli), Sprezzatura highlights fifty great Italian cultural achievements in a series of fifty information-packed essays in chronological order.

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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.

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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 (Niccolo Machiavelli), Sprezzatura highlights fifty great Italian cultural achievements in a series of fifty information-packed essays in chronological order.

Table of contents

Preface 1 Rome gives the world a calendar—twice 2 The Roman Republic and our own 3 Julius Caesar and the imperial purple 4 Catullus revolutionizes love poetry 5 Master builders of the ancient world 6 “Satire is wholly ours” 7 Ovid’s treasure hoard of myth and fable 8 The Roman legacy of law 9 St. Benedict: Father of Western monasticism, preserver of the Roman heritage 10 Salerno and Bologna: The earliest medical school and university 11 St. Francis of Assisi, “alter Christus” 12 “Stupor mundi”: Emperor Frederick II, King of Sicily and Jerusalem 13 St. Thomas Aquinas: Titan of theology 14 Dante’s incomparable Comedy 15 Banks, bookkeeping, and the rise of commercial capitalism 16 Petrarch: Creator of the modern lyric 17 Boccaccio and the development of Western literary realism 18 The mystic as activist: St. Catherine of Siena 19 Inventors of the visual language of the Renaissance: Brunelleschi, Donatello, Masaccio 20 Lorenzo Ghiberti and the “Gates of Paradise” 21 Cosimo and Lorenzo de’ Medici, grand patrons of art and learning 22 Sigismondo Malatesta: The condottiere with a vision 23 Leonardo da Vinci: Renaissance man, eternal enigma 24 A new world beckons: Columbus, Cabot, Vespucci, Verrazano 25 Machiavelli and the dawn of modern political science 26 Michelangelo: Epitome of human artistry 27 Sprezzatura and Castiglione’s concept of the gentleman 28 Aretino: Self-publicist, pornographer, “secretary of the world” 29 Giovanni Della Casa’s Galateo: Etiquette book par excellence 30 Andrea Palladio and his “bible” of building 31 Catherine de’ Medici: Godmother of French cuisine 32 Peri’s Euridice: The birth of opera from the spirit of tragedy 33 Galileo frames the foundations of modern science 34 Two sonorous gifts: The violin and the piano 35 Claudio Monteverdi, father of modern music 36 The Baroque splendors of Bernini 37 Pioneers of modern anatomy: Eustachio, Fallopio, Malpighi, Morgagni, et al. 38 Founder of modern penology: Cesare Beccaria 39 Trailblazers in electricity: Galvani and Volta 40 Venice: Rhapsody in stone, water, melody, and color 41 Europe’s premier poet of pessimism: Giacomo Leopardi 42 Giuseppe Garibaldi: A united Italy emerges 43 The last “Renaissance” prince—D’Annunzio at Fiume 44 La Dottoressa: Maria Montessori and a new era in early childhood education 45 Marconi invents the radio 46 Enrico Fermi: Father of the atomic age 47 Roberto Rossellini: Neorealist cinema and beyond 48 An unlikely international bestseller: Lampedusa’s The Leopard 49 Ferrari—on the road to perfection 50 La moda italiana: The art of apparel Suggested Reading Index About the Contributors