Sprezzatura: 50 Ways Italian Genius (Paperback)
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Short Description for Sprezzatura: 50 Ways Italian Genius From Dante to Da Vinci, from Boccaccio to Brunelleschi, from the Romans to Roberto Rossellini, Italy has enriched the way we live. In these fascinating and information-packed essays, Sprezzatura offers an irresistible anatomy of Italian know-how, as expressed through its greatest cultural achievements.
- Published: 01 April 2002
- Format: Paperback 416 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780385720199 ISBN 10: 038572019X
- Sales rank: 262,308
Full description for Sprezzatura: 50 Ways Italian Genius
A witty, erudite celebration of fifty great Italian cultural achievements that have significantly influenced Western civilization from the authors of "What Are the Seven Wonders of the World? " "Sprezzatura," or the art of effortless mastery, was coined in 1528 by Baldassare Castiglione in "The Book of the Courtier." No one has demonstrated effortless mastery throughout history quite like the Italians. From the Roman calendar and the creator of the modern orchestra (Claudio Monteverdi) to the beginnings of ballet and the creator of modern political science (Niccolo Machiavelli), Sprezzatura highlights fifty great Italian cultural achievements in a series of fifty information-packed essays in chronological order.