Baldassare Castiglione

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Castiglione, Baldassare

 

Born Dec. 6, 1478, in Casatico, near Mantua; died Feb. 2, 1529, in Toledo, Spain. Italian writer.

Castiglione’s best-known work is The Courtier (books 1–4, 1528), a treatise in dialogue form. In the spirit of late humanism, Castiglione enumerated the qualities of the ideal courtier, or, in a broader sense, of the well-brought-up, broadly educated man with a developed personality. This ideal was current throughout Europe in the 16th and early 17th centuries and was reflected in literature.

WORKS

Opère, a cura di C Cordie.Milan-Naples [1960].
In Russian translation:
“Iz ‘Knigi o pridvornom.’ “In Khrestomatiia po zarubezhnoi literature. Epokha Vozrozhdeniia, vol. 1. Compiled by B. I. Purishev. Moscow, 1959.

REFERENCES

De Sanctis, F. Istoriia itaVianskoi literatury, vol. 2. Moscow, 1964.Rossi, M. B. Castiglione. Bari, 1946.