By Laura Battiferra degli Ammannati, Victoria Kirkham

ISBN-10: 0226039226

ISBN-13: 9780226039220

ISBN-10: 0226039234

ISBN-13: 9780226039237

ISBN-10: 0226039242

ISBN-13: 9780226039244

Internationally recognized in the course of her lifetime, Laura Battiferra (1523-89) used to be a talented and prolific poet in Renaissance Florence. the writer of approximately four hundred sonnets amazing for his or her subtlety, complicated narrative constitution, and discovered allusions, Battiferra, who was once married to the famous sculptor and architect Bartolomeo Ammannati, traversed an elite literary and inventive community, circulating her verse in a posh and intellectually fecund trade with the most illustrious figures in Italian historical past. during this bilingual anthology, Victoria Kirkham gathers Battiferra's so much crucial writing, together with newly stumbled on poems, which offer smooth readers with a worthy social chronicle of sixteenth-century Italy and the courtly tradition of the Counter-Reformation.

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The inscription that identifies the house may have been carved in the eighteenth century at the initiative of a local antiquarian, perhaps Father Vernaccia. Battiferra probably lived as a girl in the house her father owned in the nearby Via del Pozzo Nuovo (see below, notes 13 and 18, 19). ” See also June Osborne, Urbino: The Story of a Renaissance City (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003), 64, which tells how this physician saved the duke’s sight and was paid the handsome sum of 150 ducats for that.

Local legend has it that their romance began on the Via Maia house doorstep, when around 1538 he was said to have been working on a portal for the Confraternity of the Dead, just around the corner (fig. 12). During the period between the end of her first marriage and the beginning of her second, the twenty-five-year-old widow was for a time placed in a convent for her own protection by the Duke of Urbino. 27 As it chanced, Laura’s poldo, filza 242, fols. 16r–17r). His contemporaries Vasari and Borghini make mention of him, but the first vita of substance did not appear until about a century after his death, in Baldinucci’s lives of the artists.

Tesauro spirituale vulgare in rima (Venice: Niccolò Zoppino and Vincenzio Compagno, 1524). On Matteo’s life, see Paola Zambelli, “Battiferri, Matteo,” in Dizionario biografico degli Italiani (Rome: Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana, 1960 –), 7: 245– 46 (but see my app. B for his place in the family tree—he seems to have been Laura’s great-uncle, not her grandfather); also Lazzari in Giuseppe Colucci, Delle Antichità picene dell’Abate Giuseppe Colucci Patrizio camerinese ed ascolano, 30 vols. (Fermo: dai torchi dell’autore per G.

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