Roma, Biblioteca Hertziana, 05-06 octobre 2021: Retorica umanistica e estetica delle città nella predicazione in capitolo degli ordini mendicanti (Italia, fine XIV-XV secolo)

in Mendicants, Humanists and the Aesthetics of civitas. Debates and Political Culture in the 14th and 15th Centuries and their Impact on Art, Architecture and Urban Space.

The aim of the talk is to investigate, on the basis of oratory , the penetration of humanist practices in religious orders, particularly mendicant orders. I will focus on a particular occasion: solemn speeches for the inauguration of general or provincial chapters, bringing together hundreds of friars in previously chosen cities. I will propose some reflections on the epidictic mutation of rhetoric on this occasion and on the importance of the eulogy of cities in all its aspects, especially the description of monuments.

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