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Vida, Marco Girolamo

(mär`kō jērô`lämō vē`dä), c.1490–1566, Italian poet, b. Cremona. After joining the humanist court of Pope Leo X, he was given a priory at Frascati and was commissioned by Leo to compose a Christian epic, which took form as the Christiad or Christias (1535). He became bishop of Alba in 1532. In the Christiad, the first epic to deal with the redemption and with episodes from the Gospels, he attempted to blend medieval Christian thought with classical formalism. Vida's didactic poems on the silkworm and on chess made him famous, but his most celebrated poem is the long Ars poetica, advocating emulation of the classics. Vida wrote in an elegant and readable Latin.


See study by M. A. Di Cesare (1963).

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Forbes produced a text with English translation (Marco Girolamo Vida's The Christiad (Carbondale, 1978)), followed five years ago by James Gardner's I Tatti volume (Marco Girolamo Vida, Christiad, The I Tatti Renaissance Library, 39 (Cambridge, MA and London, 2009)).
More successful in its Virgilian imitatio is the Christiad of Marco Girolamo Vida. The Christiad is an epic treatment of the Passion of Christ, the story drawn from the Gospels but the style utterly Virgilian; indeed, one may well speak of Virgilian commonplaces and rhetorical devices (the ecphrasis, for example, of scenes depicted upon temple doors, the summoning of infernal Furies, and extended telescoped flashbacks incorporating earlier sequences of narrative) worked masterfully into the account of the last days of Christ.
Chapter 4 moves from Petrarch's and Tasso's 'allegorical epics' to 'biblical epics' (which retell Scripture using epic form or allusion to epic poetry), focusing on Marco Girolamo Vida's Christiad (1532).
August Buck (23-26) asserts the primacy of Italy in these changes, noting the subsequent authority of the prescriptive writings of men like Bartolomeo Ricci, Bartolommeo [sic] della Fonte, and Marco Girolamo Vida. Rainer Stillers (37-52) says that the Counter-Reformation Church contrasted truth with poetic falsehood.
(or Marco Girolamo Vida, c1485 - 1566) Italian poet.
Vergilrezeption in der Christias des Marco Girolamo Vida"; Stefan Feddern, "Die Rezeption der vergilischen Seesturmschilderung (Aen.
To be sure, there are exceptions, as when Giraldi offers more extended praise of Marco Girolamo Vida and Gianfrancesco Pico, or condemnation of poets like Panormita.