• Paradoxical Virtues: Intellectuals between the Court and the Academy in Agostino Mascardi’s Che la Corte è vera scuola non solamente della prudenza, ma delle virtù morali (1624)*

    Author(s):
    Paola Ugolini (see profile)
    Date:
    2010
    Subject(s):
    Italian literature, Italian studies, Renaissance philosophy
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    17th Century
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6D62P
    Abstract:
    Abstract: This article analyzes the oration Che la Corte è vera scuola non solamente della prudenza, ma delle virtù morali (1624), delivered at the Accademia degli Umoristi by Agostino Mascardi, a courtier, professor of rhetoric, and renowned member of academies. Mascardi’s oration has traditionally been read as a commendation of the court, and as proof of intellectuals’ willing submission to political powers in the seventeenth century. This article aims to challenge such a reading by proposing a reinterpretation of the text that suggests the oration is, in fact, paradoxical. This article also considers Che la Corte è vera scuola in relation to Mascardi’s other writings on courts, and investigates them in the larger context of the accademie of early seventeenth-century Rome in an attempt to shed light on the role that academies played for early modern Italian intellectuals in trying to define their relationship to political power.
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    Published
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