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New PDF release: Benedetto Accolti and the Florentine Renaissance

By Robert Black

This is often the 1st biography of 1 of the phenomenal humanists of the fifteenth-century Renaissance. Benedetto Accolti's pursuits ranged from rhetoric, humanism and Italian poetry to Roman legislations, from historic proposal and medieval antiquarianism to the crusades and church background, and his paintings as a student, writer and historian is put in a large context stretching from antiquity to the eighteenth century. The highbrow, political and monetary milieu of Accolti's local urban of Arezzo, ignored in glossy scholarship, is explored, and the significance of Accolti's occupation as chancellor of Florence, his function in bringing the recent studying to the chancery and his paintings as an administrative reformer are well-known for the 1st time. Florence's reaction to the Turkish risk and contribution to papal crusading efforts are reinterpreted, and new information about Accolti's connections with top Florentine patricians is dropped at gentle.

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3 , fol. , 5, fol. 116r, 142v, 254r, 256r. Cf. ASF, Magistrate* dei pupilli avanti del principato, 6, fol. )): the ufficiali dei pupilli, guardians of Giovanni di fu Bartolomeo di ser Spinello of Castiglion-Fiorentino, hearing that Giovanni needs 'unius Luchani pro studiendo ipsum librum et quod magister Nicholaus de Aretio vendidit et dedit dicto Johanni unum librum Luchani bonum et chorectum pro pretio florenorum decem auri', order that Maestro Niccolo d'Arezzo be paid 10 florins for the book from Giovanni's estate.

Delizie, ix, 52; Consulte, ed. Gherardi, i, 393; BMF, C 1, fol. 213v, 230v. , iolllSv; Delizie, xi, 125. Marchionne Stefani, Cronaca fiorentina, ed. N. Rodolico, RIS2, xxx, 1,124,131; BMF, C 1, fol. 229v, 233r. , fol. 228v, 232v, 234r; Delizie, xiii, 203. , 188. , was unsuccessful in 1382 for the tre maggiori: cf. , xvi, 167. 24 Benedetto Accolti have disturbed and even uprooted the Aretine Accolti, but, unlike the Florentine family, they managed to regain much of their earlier standing in the commune by the early fifteenth century.

P. Oliver, 'Giovanni Tortelli', in Studies presented to David Moore Robinson, ii (St Louis, 1953), 1 2 5 7 - 7 1 ; Ginzbure, Indagini,lSii. O n Griffolini, cf. pp. 185ff, infra. 89 O n Aliotti, cf. his Epistolae. Educational and intellectual traditions 15 nevertheless Tignosi was remarkable among early fifteenth-century scholastics for his interest in and extensive knowledge of the humanities. Not only did he choose for commentary humanist translations of Aristotle's Posterior Analytics^ Nicomachaean Ethics and De anima, but in his commentaries he made frequent citations of classical Latin historians and poets as well as of contemporary historical events.

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