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Studies on Alberti and Petrarch

1st Edition

By David Marsh


300 pages

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Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472) was the most versatile humanist of the fifteenth century: author of numerous compositions in both Latin and Italian, and a groundbreaking theorist of painting, sculpture, and architecture. His Latin writings owe much to the model of Petrarch (1304-1374), the famed poet of the Italian Canzoniere, but also a prolific author of Latin epistles, biographies, and poems that sparked the revival of classical culture in the early Italian Renaissance. The essays collected here reflect some thirty years of research into these pioneers of Humanism, and offer important insights into forms of Renaissance 'self-fashioning' such as allegory and autobiography.


'… the volume is an invaluable resource for all Alberti scholars. Such a widely varied collection of articles provides a useful overview of Alberti, through its introductory material and through the varied types of textual analysis that it includes. Readers of Marsh's books will find both the seeds of his later projects and thoughtful reflections on previously published works, thus enjoying an intriguing glimpse in the evolution of a scholar, as well as informative studies on two significant Renaissance writers.' Sixteenth Century Journal

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Part 1 Introductory: Alberti, Leon Battista; Leon Battista Alberti at the millennium (review essay); The self expressed: Leon Battista Alberti's autobiography. Part 2 Petrarch: Petrarch and Alberti; Petrarch and Jerome; Petrarch and Suetonius: the imperial ideal in the republic of letters; Poetics and polemics in Petrarch's invectives; The burning question: crisis and cosmology in the Secret (Secretum). Part 3 Albertian Allegory and Symbolism: Alberti's Momus: sources and contexts; Alberti and Apuleius: comic violence and vehemence in the Intercenales and Momus; Alberti, Scala, and Ficino: Aesop in quattrocento Florence; Visualizing virtue: Alberti and the early Renaissance emblem; Alberti and symbolic thinking: prolegomena to the dialogue Anuli; L'Alberti, il Pisanello e gli Este: Devises e medaglie umanistiche nel primo Quattrocento. Part 4 Poggio, Alberti and Vat. Lat. 4037: De curialium incommodis: Alberti and Poggio; Poggio and Alberti: three notes; Girolamo Massaini trascrittore dell'Alberti (with Paolo d'Alessandro). Part 5 Textual Problems in Alberti: Further notes on Leon Battista Alberti's Dinner Pieces; Textual problems in the Intercenales; Index.

About the Author

David Marsh is Professor of Italian at Rutgers University, USA.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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