Human beings are the focus of this second collection of articles by David Chambers, which also contains two studies published for the first time. Constructed from a vast array of original sources they explore personal experience and motivation in connection with the public life of Renaissance Italy, including educational institutions (the universities of Rome and Pavia and early academies), political institutions and relations (concerning Mantua, Trent, Urbino, Venice and England), religious institutions (with particular reference to to the election of popes) and social or case histories. Particular topics are the account of a Mantuan embassy in 1557 to the court of Queen Mary, an unknown letter of the humanist Vittorino da Feltre, two studies about the prolific but enigmatic Venetian chronicler Marin Sanudo, an essay on the Marquis of Mantua's dubious reputation as 'liberator of Italy' in 1495, and a discussion of prophetic mystery associated with two wall paintings in the Sistine Chapel. Appendices of documents and additional notes accompany many of the studies.
Table of Contents
Contents: A privileged student at Pavia, 1460-61: protonotary Francesco Gonzaga; Studium Urbis and Gabella Studii: the University of Rome in the 15th century; The earlier ’academies’ in Italy; An inventory from the bishop’s palace in Mantua, 1466; Mantua and Trent in the later 15th century; The visit to Mantua of Federico da Montefeltro in 1482; Francesco II Gonzaga, marquis of Mantua, ’liberator of Italy’; Marin Sanudo, Camerlengo of Verona (1501-02); The diaries of Marin Sanudo: personal and public crises; Benedetto Agnello, Mantuan ambassador in Venice, 1530-56; Spas in the Italian Renaissance; An unknown letter by Vittorino da Feltre; Federico Gonzaga ai bagni di Caldiero (1524); A Mantuan in London in 1557: further research on Annibale Litolfi; Cardinal Wolsey and the papal tiara; Papal conclaves and prophetic mystery in the Sistine chapel; Additions and corrections; Index