The Italian Tradition of Equestrian Art: A Survey of the Treatises on Horsemanship from the Renaissance and the Centuries following

The Italian Tradition of Equestrian Art: A Survey of the Treatises on Horsemanship from the Renaissance and the Centuries following

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini
The Italian Tradition of Equestrian Art: A Survey of the Treatises on Horsemanship from the Renaissance and the Centuries following

The Italian Tradition of Equestrian Art: A Survey of the Treatises on Horsemanship from the Renaissance and the Centuries following

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini

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Overview

At the mid point of the sixteenth century, a Neapolitan gentleman, Federico Grisone, published, for the first time, a printed book about the art of training the horse “for the use of war” and on the secrets to “emend his defects.” The work was a huge and immediate success and was soon emulated by other authors. The new literary genre of equestrian treatises was thus born and its tradition, with ups and downs, became alive and remains vital up to this day. It is no coincidence that this first work was printed in Italy because, between the fifteenth and sixteenth century, it was in that country that a new culture of the court, in which horse riding had a key role, was developed. During this time, Italian riding masters were sought out by the members of European courts. The scions of the European aristocracy ventured to Italy to perfect their skill in the art of riding with renowned masters.

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ISBN-13: 9780933316430
Publisher: Xenophon Press LLC
Publication date: 09/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 306
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

Giovanni Battista Tomassini works as a journalist in the field of politics for RAI, the Italian public television. Since the beginning of his career, he put research in the field of literature and history alongside his work as a journalist. In addition to articles and essays in several journals, he has published books: Il racconto nel racconto (Rome, 1991), I treni delle meraviglie (Verona, 2001 and Rome, 2002) and edited the translation and the Italian edition of The Voyage dans les steppes d’Astrakhan et du Caucase by Jan Potocki (Milan 1996 and 1998). He is also author of the blog www.worksofchivalry.com dedicated to the equestrian culture and in particular to the tradition of the Italian Renaissance treatises.
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