Momus (I Tatti Renaissance Library)

Momus (I Tatti Renaissance Library)

by Leon Battista Alberti, Virginia Brown, Sarah Knight
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674007549

ISBN-13: 9780674007543

Pub. Date: 04/18/2003

Publisher: Harvard


Momus is the most ambitious literary creation of Leon Battista Alberti, the famous humanist-scientist-artist and "universal man" of the Italian Renaissance. In this dark comedy, written around 1450, Alberti charts the lively fortunes of his anti-hero Momus, the unscrupulous and vitriolic god of criticism. Alberti deploys his singular erudition and wit to

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Momus is the most ambitious literary creation of Leon Battista Alberti, the famous humanist-scientist-artist and "universal man" of the Italian Renaissance. In this dark comedy, written around 1450, Alberti charts the lively fortunes of his anti-hero Momus, the unscrupulous and vitriolic god of criticism. Alberti deploys his singular erudition and wit to satirize subjects from court life and politics to philosophy and intellectuals, from grand architectural designs to human and divine folly. The possible contemporary resonance of Alberti's satire—read variously as a humanist roman-à-clef and as a veiled mockery of the mid-Quattrocento papacy—is among its most intriguing aspects. While his more famous books on architecture, painting, and family life have long been regarded as indispensable to a study of Renaissance culture, Momus has recently attracted increasing attention from scholars as a work anticipating the realism of Machiavelli and the satiric wit of Erasmus. This edition provides a new Latin text, the first to be based on the two earliest manuscripts, both corrected by Alberti himself, and includes the first full translation into English.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674007543
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
04/18/2003
Series:
I Tatti Renaissance Library Series , #8
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
1,314,756
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

MOMUS

Preface

Book I

Book II

Book III

Book IV

Note on the Text

Notes to the Text

Notes to the Translation

Bibliography

Index

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