By Brendan Dooley
Inside a badly broken reproduction of Straparola's 16th-century paintings, Piacevoli Notti, received in a Florentine vintage store in 2010, an inscription is located, attributing possession to a definite Angelica Baldachini. the invention units in movement a sequence of inquiries, deploying wisdom approximately calligraphy, orthography, linguistics, dialectology and the socio-psychology of writing, to bare the individual in the back of the identify. Focusing as a lot at the attainable proprietor as upon the object owned, Angelica's booklet examines the genesis of the Piacevoli Notti and its many versions, together with the single in query. The intertwined tales of the booklet and its proprietor are set opposed to the backdrop of a Renaissance global, nonetheless imperfectly understood, during which literature and examining have been topic to regimes of keep watch over; and the hot details throws elements of this international into additional aid, in particular in regard to women's involvement with studying, books and data. The inquiry yields unforeseen insights about the good judgment of unintended discovery, the character of proof, and the undertaking of the arts in a time of worldwide crisis.
Angelica's e-book and the realm of studying in past due Renaissance Italy is a thought-provoking learn for any student of early sleek Europe and its culture.
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