Laura Battiferra and Her Literary Circle: An Anthology: A by Laura Battiferra degli Ammannati, Victoria Kirkham

By Laura Battiferra degli Ammannati, Victoria Kirkham

Internationally identified in the course of her lifetime, Laura Battiferra (1523-89) was once a talented and prolific poet in Renaissance Florence. the writer of approximately four hundred sonnets outstanding for his or her subtlety, tricky narrative constitution, and discovered allusions, Battiferra, who was once married to the widespread sculptor and architect Bartolomeo Ammannati, traversed an elite literary and inventive community, circulating her verse in a posh and intellectually fecund trade with probably the most illustrious figures in Italian background. during this bilingual anthology, Victoria Kirkham gathers Battiferra's such a lot crucial writing, together with newly came across poems, which offer sleek readers with a precious social chronicle of sixteenth-century Italy and the courtly tradition of the Counter-Reformation.

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Felice Guiducci, vol. 773 (1538– 43), fol. 556r. 15 16 Vo l u m e E d i t o r ’s I n t r o d u c t i o n associated with this valuable Urbino townhouse, which Giovan’Antonio had rented from the local bishop and intended to pass on to his children. ” 19 A family of intellectuals like the Battiferri, the Coccapani had settled by the Quattrocento in Carpi, a satellite town near Modena in territory controlled by the Este dukes of Ferrara. Brief biographies of several who would have been Laura’s contemporaries survive in the encyclopedia by Modena’s eighteenth-century polymath Girolamo Tiraboschi.

9 9. Autograph letter from Laura Battiferra degli Ammannati to Benedetto Varchi of January 27, 1556 [ϭ1557 modern style]. 1). Photo: Biblioteca Nazionale, Florence. 10. Autograph letter from Laura Battiferra to Duke Guidobaldo II Della Rovere with acknowledgment dated Urbino, October 23, 1559. Photo: Archivio di Stato, Florence. Vo l u m e E d i t o r ’s I n t r o d u c t i o n trarchismo that leads as a transition into her later period, roughly the last two decades of her life, when her emphasis shifts from profane to sacred under new post-Tridentine esthetic ideals.

ASF, Comp. Soppr. da Leopoldo, filza 238, fols. 155r–156r and 170r on the rental renewals of 1533 and 1540 with Maddalena Coccapani’s name and references to Giovan’Antonio as the children’s tutor (preceptor). This seems to be a different property from the house purchased by Jacopo Battiferri in 1462 in the Via Maia. 20. For the Coccapani family of Carpi, see Girolamo Tiraboschi, Biblioteca Modenese, 6 vols. (Modena: Società Tipografica, 1781–86), 1: 40 –53. v. ” 21. Giovan’Antonio Battiferro’s will, dictated on his deathbed in the house at the Portuguese Arch, survives in the ASF, Comp.

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