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Intellectual Communities and Partnerships in Italy and Europe

Studies in Honour of Mark Davie

Edited By Danielle Hipkins

This book has been inspired by the emphasis that Mark Davie’s studies have put on the cooperative nature of artistic and intellectual pursuits in the humanities. Whilst the importance of connections between intellectuals is often acknowledged in the form of intertextual studies, research into real dialogue between individuals is little researched, partly due to the practical challenges of such research. The ten chapters of this book – written by specialists in different cultures – redress in part this imbalance and offer a new angle on the canon by tracing the impact of concrete partnerships and communities in Italian and European history. The issues that the volume’s contributors keep in mind include: the reasons that artists and intellectuals choose to collaborate; the forms that this collaboration takes; the factors that determine its success; and whether some areas of culture lend themselves to intellectual collaboration better than others.


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Part I Marco Bertozzi A Late Fifteenth-Century Anti-Astrological Brotherhood: Gian Francesco Pico della Mirandola, Giovanni Mainardi and Girolamo Savonarola1 In 1496, two years after the death of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (17 November 1494), his Disputationes adversus astrologiam divinatricem went to print, as the Ioannis Pici Vita, written by his nephew Gian Francesco and prefacing the first volume of the works, testifies.2 The act of deciphering the manuscript, which has been lost, occupied and tormented Gian Francesco, its editor, considerably. The text was undoubtedly dif ficult to transcribe, but 1 Translated from the Italian by Danielle Hipkins. 2 Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Commentationes … quibus anteponitur Vita per Ioannem Franciscum … Galeotti Pici filium conscripta (Bononiae: Benedictus Hectoris, 20 March 1496); the second volume, which contains the Disputationes adversus astro- logiam divinatricem, is dated 16 July 1495 (but, on the basis of the privilege granted by Ludovico Sforza, should be corrected to 1496). On the problem of dating, as well as the forgeries of the editio princeps, cf. S. A. Farmer, Syncretism in the West: Pico’s 900 Theses (1486). The Evolution of Traditional Religious and Philosophical Systems (Tempe, AZ: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1998) pp. 175–76, note 121 (and the bibliography indicated there). On the life of Pico, cf. Giovan Francesco Pico della Mirandola, Joannis Pici Mirandulae … vita, edited and translated by T. Sorbelli, introduced by B. Andreolli (Modena: Aedes Muratoriana, 1994). A conference was recently dedicated to the Disputationes: In the Mirror of the Sky. Giovanni Pico della...

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