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.
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This case has been treated in Annick Paternoster, 'Da Madonna a Signora: le donne locutrici nel Libro del cortegiano di B. Castiglione tra seconda redazione e vulgata', in the forthcoming proceedings Identita e diversita nella lingua e nella letteratura italiana: atti del XVIII congresso internazionale dell'AISLLI.
(14) In the final version, the reference is so subtle, the praise so indirect that the female interlocutors do not even feel the need to react: 'Ma io non voglio aiutarmi di quelli che in presenzia vedemo, accio che voi nonmostriate consentirmi per cortesia quello che in alcun modo negar non mi potete' (B. Castiglione, Il Libro del cortegiano (Milan: Garzanti, 1981), II.