One of the most influential scholars of the Renaissance, Pietro
Bembo (1470-1547) gained fame not only for his literary theory and
poetry, but for his incredible collection of art and antiquities.
Drawing on anecdotes from Bembo's letters and unpublished archival
material, Susan Nalezyty analyzes how Bembo's collection functioned
as a source of inspiration for artists like Titian and writers like
Giovanni della Casa. As visitors to the collection marveled at the
quality and variety of the displayed objects, Bembo encouraged
investigations into the ways in which contemporary art compared
with ancient objects. Often straddling the line between the visual
and literary worlds, these critical discussions catalyzed artistic
experiments that led to new modes of creative expression. This
generously illustrated volume brings Bembo's collection to life and
reveals its key role in the development of Renaissance artistic
philosophy and historical study of the classical past.
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