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 ancient concept 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 fiscal milieu of Accolti's local urban of Arezzo, missed in glossy scholarship, is explored, and the significance of Accolti's occupation as chancellor of Florence, his function in bringing the hot 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 major Florentine patricians is delivered to mild.
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