Baldassare Castiglione count of Casatico, was an Italian courtier, diplomat, soldier and a prominent Renaissance. The Book of the Courtier has ratings and reviews. Fionnuala said: When I opened this book today to attempt to review it, a bookmark fell out. I. 1 THE BOOK OF THE COURTIER BY COUNT BALDESAR CASTIGLIONE () TRANSLATED FROM THE ITALIAN BY LEONARD ECKSTEIN OPDYCKE.

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Dec 19, Marc rated it did not like it Shelves: So a mature courtier acstiglione admire a beautiful lady without having to possess her, in fact that would be the truest expression of sublime love. You can read four articles free per month.

This, in contrast to the first point, does parallel Western culture.

His Life and Letters, — London: This leads to many debates about courtly and corporeal love, with extensive debate about whether a woman should be allowed as much right to conduct love affairs as a man many citations from Boccaccio.

The courtier must be physically and emotionally fit.

Baldassare Castiglione – Wikipedia

Pallavicino, piqued, hints that Giuliano is wrong, but in the cojrtier concedes that he himself has been wrong to disparage women. The book is full of typical Renaissance topics: But that’s another topic. Journal of Aesthetic Education. Contact our editors with your feedback.

The Book of the Courtier

What would the perfect courtier a person who serves at court look like? Savonarola, Machiavelli, Castiglione, and Aretino [ reprint: But the conversation goes on forever and ever. This expresses the Renaissance ideal of perfect duality: They should also be good with women. The implication, however, is that those interested in acquiring this art must do so through practice and imitation, which is—like the dialog itself—a form of teaching—teaching without precepts.

The occasions when the professional the courtier will caztiglione use of these principles are always very specific. I feel it has giv Fionnuala wrote: For when all is said and done, the very fabric of the universe, which we can contemplate in the vast spaces of heaven, so resplendent with their shooting stars, with the earth at courrier center, girdled by the seas, varied with mountains, rivers and valleys, and adorned with so many different varieties of trees, lovely flowers and grasses, can be said to be a great and noble painting, composed by Nature and the hand of God.


You could take a courtier and place him in Washington, DC or any couurtier seat of power and he would not only fit in, but dominate.

For such a judicious reader, the perfect courtier as Ottaviano describes him is more than just a moral guide for his prince: Castoglione topics are interesting and comparisons with “guidance” for professionals today come to mind a bit too easily for comfort. The Renaissance is so much fun to study. A primer for sycophants, Castiglione offers a guide to the intelligent, though for the most part unemployable, person with little talent.

In his treatise on painting Leon Battista Alberti described the function of portraiture this way: It features conversation among courtiers discussing what the ideal courtier should be like. All of these are Several centuries ago, writing was simpler and more direct. Castiglione was posted to Spain as papal nuncio ambassador in and apparently impressed Emperor Charles V as a perfect gentleman. The Pennsylvania State University Press.

It isn’t a real bookmark but simply a leaflet I picked up in a gallery when I was in Northern Italy last September.

The last part of this edition briefly debates the best form of government and then gives one participant the floor for an extensive speech on the most fundamental quality of a courtier: Nov 29, Ubiquitousbastard rated it really liked it Shelves: Sometimes, like this book mantains, disciples are even better than the master because their influences come more from their own good intellect and judgement.

Interesting as an historic document, but rather dull to read. The known issue in Don Quixote, is a central part here, but of course, the Knight’s discourse is much more elaborated and convincent.


From there, there seemed to come a delicate breeze, filling the air with biting cold, and among the murmuring woods on neighboring hills wakening the birds into joyous song. Similar to Machiavelli’s The Prince, the characters in The Book of the Courtier discuss, in the form of Platonic dialogue, the ideal member of a court.

By failing to employ sprezzaturahe destroys his opportunity for grace.

The Courtier

Uses of the essay views on new military technology In Italy: The answer is not straightforward, firstly because cadtiglione is a large and usually unappreciated element of allegory in The Book of the Courtier. Castiglionne in other words offers the corollary to Machiavelli whose great argument is that successful political leaders are those who have taken the time to learn the skills required of the leader and are able to consistently apply them.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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.

Ottaviano became Doge of Genoa; and during his reign, his younger brother Federigo, a cardinal, assisted him and was given command of the military. And yes, the Alison Cole book was very useful. If anything ever deserved to be judged by the standards of its time, this is it. The principles offered are general, and even universal. Lucia Sofia Abonandi One of my best readings! Keep Exploring Britannica Sigmund Freud. By applying sprezzatura to his speech and everything else he does, the courtier appears to have grazia and impresses caetiglione audience, thereby achieving excellence and perfection.

However, reading Castiglionne is vital to understanding the culture at Royal Courts during courtjer renaissance.