Renaissance Humanism and the Papal Curia: Lapo da by Christopher Silvio Celenza

By Christopher Silvio Celenza

Renaissance Humanism and the Papal Curia deals first a normal advent to the lifestyles and paintings of Lapo da Castiglionchio. Then a facing-page translation of and remark on Lapo's complex treatise, De Curiae Commodis, are provided. those light up either the textual content itself in addition to Lapo's personal state of affairs and the humanistic period that De Curiae Commodis addresses.Born right into a relations of the feudal aristocracy in 1406, Lapo da Castiglionchio as an grownup used to be a practitioner of the hot paintings of humanism. A scholar and good friend of famous humanist Francesco Filelfo, Lapo lengthy sought admittance to the robust circle on the Vatican's top. He failed in that target yet left us a record choked with priceless information about the workings, objectives, and pursuits of the papal curia. within the 12 months he died, Lapo wrote the treatise De Curiae Commodis. This paintings is written elegantly, learnedly, and angrily. it's a human record alive with info for highbrow, social, and cultural historians.Christopher S. Celenza is Assistant Professor of historical past, Michigan nation collage, and has been elected a Fellow of Harvard University's Renaissance learn middle in Florence, the Villa I Tatti, for the subsequent educational yr (Sept. 1999-June 2000).

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14 (ff. ” It is anonymous but identi‹ed as of Baluce in Mehus, Historia, 142. 104. These are in MS Florence, BN Magl. 262, also noted in Mehus, Historia, 142. The letters are of 1730 and 1731. 105 Modern scholarly discourse on Lapo began, unsurprisingly, with scholars writing in German in the late nineteenth century. ”107 In 1902 the Italian scholar Arnaldo della Torre commented on Lapo’s dialogue in his monumental Storia dell’ accademia platonica di Firenze,108 where he sought to describe the literary in›uence on Florence of the presence of the papal curia there during the ponti‹cate of Eugenius IV.

Fubini, “All’uscita dalla Scolastica medievale: Salutati, Bruni, e i ‘Dialogi ad Petrum Histrum,’” Archivio storico italiano 150 (1992): 1065–99. The argument I shall develop regarding the dialogue is in›uenced by Fubini’s insightful and penetrating position but does not follow it directly, since I believe that, alongside the obvious irony, Lapo presents a sincere admiration for the curia’s potential. See infra. 120. See Partner, Pope’s Men, 114–18. qxd 10/18/1999 2:02 PM Page 29 Lapo’s Life and Work 29 gests itself.

103. MS Florence, BN Magl. 50. I have examined this manuscript in person. It is a rebound miscellany containing a number of different items; no. 14 (ff. ” It is anonymous but identi‹ed as of Baluce in Mehus, Historia, 142. 104. These are in MS Florence, BN Magl. 262, also noted in Mehus, Historia, 142. The letters are of 1730 and 1731. 105 Modern scholarly discourse on Lapo began, unsurprisingly, with scholars writing in German in the late nineteenth century. ”107 In 1902 the Italian scholar Arnaldo della Torre commented on Lapo’s dialogue in his monumental Storia dell’ accademia platonica di Firenze,108 where he sought to describe the literary in›uence on Florence of the presence of the papal curia there during the ponti‹cate of Eugenius IV.

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