“Seldom have careful scholarship and book design combined to make a work as attractive as David Quint’s new translation of Poliziano’s Stanze per la giostra. Angelo Poliziano. Stanze de messer Angelo Politiano cominciate per la giostra del magnifico. Giuliano di Pietro de Medici Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Poliziano’s la Giostra. The following is an excerpt from Angelo Poliziano’s Stanze di messer Angelo Politiano cominciate per la.

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The very title of Ficino’s proudest work, Theologia Platonicaannounces his ambition both to integrate the ‘Platonic’ system and to prove its ‘full consonance’ with Christianity The Mind, however, can grasp the truth by directly contemplating the supercelestial ideas.

The Stanze of Angelo Poliziano Translated by David L. Quint

Mailing List Subscribe to our mailing list and be notified about new titles, journals and catalogs. Reason ratio and Mind mens, intellectus humanus sive angelicus. Ficino and his followers shared the age-old belief in a structural analogy between the Macrocosmus and the Microcosmus. His scholarship was instrumental in the divergence of Renaissance or Humanist Latin from medieval norms [2] [3] and for developments in philology.

Anthony Grafton writes that Poliziano’s “conscious adoption of a new standard of accuracy and precision” enabled him “to prove that his scholarship was something new, something distinctly better than that of the previous generation”:.

In a commentary on Plato’s PhilebusFicino presents the following discussion of the myth of the birth of Venus which Ernst Gombrich has seen as a potential source for Botticelli’s painting:.

The following is an excerpt from Angelo Poliziano ‘s Stanze di messer Angelo Politiano cominciate per la giostra del magnifico Giuliano di Pietro de’ Medici.

The humanistic content of his lessons brought him into constant conflict with their mother, Clarice. Cosimo de Medici established a Platonic Academy modelled on the classical example of Plato’s own Akademia.

The Stanze of Angelo Poliziano

It was the method of professors at that period to read the Greek and Latin authors with their gostra, dictating philological and critical notes, emending corrupt passages in the received texts, offering elucidations of the matter, and teaching lawsmannersreligious and philosophical opinions of the ancients.


But never before had an attempt been made to fuse Christian theology, fully developed as it was, with a great pagan polkziano, without impairing the individuality and completeness of either. Angelo Ambrogini July 14, Montepulciano. The story told by Hesiod in the Theogony of how Saturn Cronos castrated Heaven Uranus and threw the testicles into the sea, ange,o of the agitated foam of which Venus was born, we should perhaps understand as referring to the potential fecundity of all things which lies latent in the first principle.

He also undertook a recension of the text of Justinian II ‘s Pandects and lectured about it. This is the meaning of Ficino’s definition of man as ‘ a rational soul participating in the divine mind, employing a body. At the same time he was busy as a translator from the Greek.

His books include E pic and Empire: The task which Ficino had shouldered was threefold: Lorenzo de’ Medicithe autocrat of Florence and the chief patron of learning in Italy at the time, took Politian into his household, made him the tutor of his children, [6] among which were Piero the Unfortunate and Giovanni, the future Pope Leo X.

Excerpt from Poliziano’s Giostra

CIII Thence they seem to be raised toward heav- enly spheres, seated upon a silver cloud: The English prose is rich, vibrant and rhythmic, while at the same time accurate and natural. By treating the study of antiquity as completely irrelevant to civic life and by suggesting that in any case only a tiny elite could study the ancient world with adequate rigor, Poliziano departed from the tradition of classical studies in Florence.

Reason becomes involved with the experiences, desires and needs of the body as transmitted poliziaon the senses and imagination. It would seem likely that Botticelli would have known this text when he painted his Birth of Venus. Reason is closer to the Lower Sould: Politian spent his final years without financial or other worries, studying philosophy. Politian was born as Angelo Ambrogini in Montepulcianoin central Tuscany in Poliziano was well known as a scholar, a professor, a critic, and a Latin poet in an age when the classics were still studied with assimilative curiosity, and not with the scientific industry of a later period.


Quint’s facing translation is excellent, conveying the tone and content of the poetry in prose paragraphs which reflect the octave of the original; lx manages an effect which is wholly satisfying. The English version, with copious explanatory notes, faces the Italian on the opposite page.

He offered himself to write an epic work giving an account of John II’s accomplishments in navigation and conquests. CII Anngelo both hands one nymph holds above the spray-wet tresses a garland, burning with gold and oriental gems, another adjusts pearls in her ears; the third, intent upon those beautiful breasts and white shoulders, appears to strew round them the rich necklaces with which they three girded their own necks when they used to dance in a ring in heaven.

Piero II de’ Medici. Poliziano covered nearly the whole ground of classical literature during his tenure, and published the notes of his courses upon OvidSuetoniusStatiusPliny the Youngerand Quintilian. He was the representative of that age of scholarship in which students drew their ideal of life from antiquity.

As the universe is composed of the material world nature and the immaterial realm beyond the orbit of the moon, man is composed of body and soul, the body being a form inherent in matter, the soul a form only adherent to it.