Patrizi and His Women

Skuhala Karasman, Ivana and Boršić, Luka (2014) Patrizi and His Women. In: Francesco Patrizi: Philosopher of the Renaissance. Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci, Olomouc, pp. 162-184. ISBN 978-80-24

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We have very little information about Patrizi’s emotional life. In our paper, we shed more light on his relationship towards women in example of his attitudes towards four women: Irene di Spilimbergo, Tarquinia Molza, Lucrezia d'Este, and the unknown Madama, presumably Dianora Pugliese. It is known that in Ferrara he had met the famous singer and poet Tarquinia Molza, a granddaughter of poet Francesco Maria Molza and wife of Paolo Porrino to which he dedicated the third volume of his Discussiones peripateticae. She also played a role in his text L’amorosa filosofia. Patrizi wrote two sonnets dedicated to the Venetian female painter Irene di Spilimbergo, who died at the tender age of 21. Moreover, Patrizi dedicated the Deca istoriale of his Della poetica to the noblewoman Lucrezia d'Este in which one can see his attitude towards a woman of a socially higher rank. Finally, there are traces of his business relationship with a woman of whose identity we cannot be sure (presumably Dianora Pugliese) and about which he writes in his personal correspondence. By analysing Patrizi’s above-mentioned works we will show what kind of relationship he had with Molza and di Spilimbergo in particular and what motivated him to write about and to them. We intend to bring a little more light into Patrizi’s emotional life as well as to discuss his general attitude towards women.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Depositing User: Maja Šoštarić
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2018 11:56
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2018 11:56

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