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20 February Feb 2017 1830 8 months ago

Cathedral School, reflections on the 1500s with the letters of Baldassarre Castiglione

A journey through culture, art, and politics with hisInformal and Diplomatic Letters (1478-1529), with Angelo Stella and Umberto Morando

Monday, 20 February 2017
at 6:30 pm

Church of San Gottardo in Corte
(Via Pecorari, 2 - Milan)


Mons. Gianantonio Borgonovo, Archbishop of the Duomo di Milano
Angelo Stella, President of the Governing Council of the Centro Nazionale di Studi Manzoniani
Umberto Morando, Professor at the Stradivari Musical High School in Cremona
Mauro Bersani, Head of the "I Millenni" [The Millennia] series, Einaudi

Readings by Emanuele Mazza

Presented and moderated by
Armando Torno

Free entry with reservation via e-mail to: scuoladellacattedrale@duomomilano.it

The Cathedral School, presided over by Mons. Gianantonio Borgonovo, Dean of the Duomo di Milano, continues its cultural events with a reflection on the first crucial decades of the 1500s, beginning with the monumental publication of the Informal and Diplomatic Letters of Baldassare Castiglione, collected and published for the first time as a single epistolary body of work (in three volumes from the "I Millenni" [The Millennia] series, Einaudi Editore, Turin 2016, with a total of more than of 3,650 pages.

Thanks to his extensive diplomatic activities, the Castiglione was at the centre of cultural, artistic, political, and religious matters of his time.

Remember that on 31 October 1517 Martin Luther affixed, to the door of the All Saints' Church in Wittenberg, the 95 Theses that formally began the Protestant Reformation.

An influential expert on art, Castiglione launched Raffael and soon became a reference point for literature with his famous Cortegiano, with which he laid out the trends and standards of taste. The letters, in fact, are relevant also from a linguistic point of view as an extraordinary example of the expressive strength of vulgarity, as compared to Bembo's Italian which was modelled after the classics of the 1300s.

This noble Mantuan, an expert on weapons and war, served in delicate political roles as well: he was the Apostolic nuncio for the court of Charles V in Madrid during the years that led up to the Sack of Rome, for which he was unjustly accused.

“The visual and perspective angle indicated by Baldassare for the reading of these informal and diplomatic letters, is implicit in the Cortegiano. While, in the work, depicted in the foreground are those figures and political and military events that see in Urbino and in the Montefeltro family, during the first decade of the Renaissance, the potential for the perfect location for noble society, the epistolary narrative of the ambassador of the Duke of Urbino and of the Marquis of Manura, with the analyses and suggestions that historic circumstances solicit, alludes to them, but does not describe them or refer to them. In the background of the noble landscape are three pontiffs, two kings of France, countless noblemen and captains, and an emperor.

The empty spaces, one wouldn't call them silences, appear deep where one would most like to listen to the voice of the Cortegiano, perhaps through Machiavelli or Guicciardini.”

The event, presented and moderated by Armando Torno, will be held on Monday, 20 February 2017, at 6:30pm at the Chiesa di San Gottardo in Corte (Via Pecorari, 2 - Milan) and will include speeches by the edition's two curators, Angelo Stella and Umberto Morando, with a few words from Mons. Gianantonio Borgonovo and Mauro Bersani, Head of the "I Millenni" series published by Einaudi.

Free entry with reservation via e-mail to: scuoladellacattedrale@duomomilano.it or by calling 0272080766 – ext. 208

For further information please contact:
Scuola della Cattedrale
Via Carlo Maria Martini, 1 - 20122 Milan
Tel. 02 72 080 766 – ext. 208