Wish I had read it before I went to Italy last year but I will return with some new perspective This book of ssays is a good companion guide to other books set in historical Italy I have been surprised how often the word sprezzatura has appeared in novels and journals that I have recently read There is good background information about Italy s role in the history of literature art architecture design and theology Probably a better reference guide than a book to read from beginning to Fatal Secrets (Protecting the Witnesses end It would be very difficult to point out another group of people that have had influence on the Western World Best chapters are Julius Ceasar Thomas Auinas Dante da Vinvi Columbus Garibaldi Montessori Ferrari and the chapter about Volta andlectricity 415 Without having read this yet I have to comment that during my recent time in Italy I mentioned this word at least twice to different Italian friends and they said Um that means nothingPost reading It was good interesting and well written but dear me it was a slog I m not sure why Maybe it was just a little too wide ranging I think I zoned on some of the historical personages A Wanted Man (Silhouette Intimate Moments, essays Some of my favorites unsurprisingly were the literary ones. Onteverdi to the beginnings of ballet and the creator of modern political science Niccolò Machiavelli Sprezzatura highlights fifty great Italian cultural achievements in a series of fifty information packedssays in chronological ord.
This book was a gift from my flamboyant Art History Teacher in preparation for Italy Study Abroad It includes true accounts on the major players durring the Rennaissance in Florence and Rome So detailed I got a little lost but greatful for the way it made piazzas and cathedrals come to life Wonderful and in 50 bite sized chunks I My Spy (Mission: Impassioned, enjoyed this book mostlyxcept that I found that in some of the fifty great personalities the life was taken from Wikipedia almost word by word That aside it is a good book and I would recommend it but if compared to A Letterary Tour of Italy by Tim Parks this one looses a lot Switzerland gave us the cuckoo clock and cheese with holes Russia gave us vodka and matryoska dolls Over the last 2000 years Italian Until You Loved Me (Silver Springs, engineers poets architects musicians artists and writers have given civilization the modern calendar the arch a road system that hasndured since Caesar a model of laws and government of checks and balances a system of banking and insurance the first studies of anatomy astronomy and The Baby Album electricity And how can we value the contributions of Boccaccio Dante Bernini Da Vinci Michelangelo Brunelleschi Verdi and Puccini To name just a few geniuses whose. A wittyrudite celebration of fifty great Italian cultural achievements that have significantly influenced Western civilization from the authors of What Are the Seven Wonders of the World“Sprezzatura” or the art of ffortless mast.
Creativity has not been surpassed In one book Sprezzatura compiles a list of 50 contributions Italy has given the world with historical ssays that capture in a few pages the accomplishments of Italian geniuses Read it before you go to Italy after you return or if your interests include any of these subjects I ve dipped into it many times and have gifted it to friends I doubt it s Why Not Tonight (Happily Inc., ever been regift This was a marvelous little book which brought together and summarized all the many many contributions Italy has made to civilization from theveryday like the calendar violins and pianos accountingradio cuisine fashion and designetc to the most sublime art and architecture in the western world 50 reasons to love all things Italian This is not a book to read for hours on Her First Mother (Conveniently Wed, end I took my time and read a couple of chaptersach day My new mantra is Sprezzatura I love the concept and Italian design truly Welcome Home, Cowboy (Wed In The West, epitomizes the term This was good Being a non fiction historical chronicle I can t say that it was a page turner However the chapters onach achievement are short and interesting Plus the book is written in chronological order which worked well in that in broke up the subject matter Ery was coined in 1528 by Baldassare Castiglione in The Book of the Courtier No one has demonstrated ffortless mastery throughout history uite like the Italians From the Roman calendar and the creator of the modern orchestra Claudio