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The Death of the Child Valerio Marcello

Margaret L. King

Margaret L. King

502 pages | 20 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 1994
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780226436197 Published September 1994
Paper $32.00 ISBN: 9780226436203 Published September 1994
E-book $7.00 to $30.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226436272 Published May 2009
Margaret King shows what the death of a little boy named Valerio Marcello over five hundred years ago can tell us about his time.

This child, scion of a family of power and privilege at Venice's time of greatness, left his father in a state of despair so profound and so public that it occasioned an outpouring of consoling letters, orations, treatises, and poems. In these documents, we find a firsthand account, richly colored by humanist conventions and expectations, of the life of the fifteenth-century boy, the passionate devotion of his father, the feelings of his brothers and sisters, the striking absence of his mother. The father's story is here as well: the career of a Venetian nobleman and scholar, patron and soldier, a participant in Venice's struggle for dominion in the north of Italy.

Through these sources also King traces the cultural trends that made Marcello's century famous. Her work enlarges our view of the literature of consolation, which had a distinctive tradition in Venice, and shifting attitudes toward death from the late Middle Ages onward.

For the depth and acuity of its insights into political, cultural, and private life in fifteenth-century Venice, this book will be essential reading for students of the Renaissance. For the grace and drama of its storytelling, it will be savored by anyone who wishes to look into life and death in a palace, and a city, long ago.

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Contents
Illustrations
Abbreviations
Prologue
1. The Death of  a Child
2. The Birth of a Book
3. Marcello in Word and Image
4. Marcello in War and Peace
5. Father and Son
6. In Sympathy
Appendix 1 - Marcello Family and Monuments
I. The Marcello Family
II. Birth and Death of Jacopo Antonio and Valerio Marcello
III. Buildings and Monuments
IV. Excerpts
Appendix 2 - Chronology

 
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