Baldassare Castiglione

Castiglione, Baldassare, Conte

Baldassare Castiglione, Conte (bäldäs-sä´rā kōn´tā kästēlyō´nā), 1478–1529, Italian soldier, author, and statesman attached to the court of the duke of Milan and later in the service of the duke of Urbino. His famous Libro del cortegiano (1528, tr. The Courtier, 1561), a treatise on etiquette, social problems, and intellectual accomplishments, is one of the great books of its time. Written at a time when the author served as envoy to Pope Leo X, it gives a vivid and elegant picture of 15th- and 16th-century court life. His book had enormous influence on behavior at courts as far away as England, where it contributed to an ideal of aristocracy embodied in the person and accomplishments of Sir Philip Sidney. Castiglione's portrait was painted by Raphael (c.1515), his tomb designed by Giulio Romano, and his epitaph composed by Bembo.

See studies by W. A. Rebhorn (1978) and R. W. Hanning and D. Rosand (1983).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

FREE! Baldassare Castiglione, the Perfect Courtier: His Life and Letters, 1478-1529
Julia Cartwright Ady.
E.P. Dutton & Company, vol.1, 1908
FREE! Baldassare Castiglione, the Perfect Courtier: His Life and Letters, 1478-1529
Julia Mary-Cartwright Ady.
E. P. Dutton & Company, vol.2, 1908
Continental Humanist Poetics: Studies in Erasmus, Castiglione, Marguerite de Navarre, Rabelais, and Cervantes
Arthur F. Kinney.
University of Massachusetts Press, 1989
Courtly Performances: Masking and Festivity in Castiglione's Book of the Courtier
Wayne A. Rebhorn.
Wayne State University Press, 1978
Desire in the Renaissance: Psychoanalysis and Literature
Valeria Finucci; Regina Schwartz.
Princeton University Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: "Mistaken Identities: Castiglio(ne)'s Practical Joke" begins on p. 39
The Invention of the Renaissance Woman: The Challenge of Female Independence in the Literature and Thought of Italy and England
Pamela Joseph Benson.
Pennsylvania State University Press, 1992
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "The Literary Containment of the Independent Woman: Capella and Castiglione"
Humanist Poetics: Thought, Rhetoric, and Fiction in Sixteenth-Century England
Arthur F. Kinney.
University of Massachusetts Press, 1986
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Baldassare Castiglione begins on p. 121
Assumed Simplicity and the Critique of Nobility: Or, How Castiglione Read Cicero
Richards, Jennifer.
Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 54, No. 2, Summer 2001
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Joking Matters: Politics and Dissimulation in Castiglione's Book of the Courtier [*]
Cavallo, Joann.
Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 53, No. 2, Summer 2000
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"The Ende Therfore of a Perfect Courtier" in Baldassare Castiglione's the Courtier
Northrop, Douglas A.
Philological Quarterly, Vol. 77, No. 3, Summer 1998
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Stefano Guazzo and the English Renaissance, 1575-1675
John Leon Lievsay.
University of North Carolina Press, 1961
Librarian’s tip: "Castiglione and Guazzo: Courtier and Citizen" begins on p. 39
Sir Thomas Elyot and Renaissance Humanism
John M. Major.
University of Nebraska Press, 1964
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 1 "Castiglione and Other Italians"
Renaissance and Reformation, 1500-1620: A Biographical Dictionary
Jo Eldridge Carney.
Greenwood, 2001
Librarian’s tip: "Castiglione, Baldesar (1478-1529)" begins on p. 76
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