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The Academy of the Blenio Valle self-fashioning identity in the Milanese Cinquecento
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TOLEDO, Gabriela Paiva de. The Academy of the Blenio Valle self-fashioning identity in the Milanese Cinquecento. Figura: Studies on the Classical Tradition, Campinas, SP, v. 6, n. 1, p. 195–209, 2019. DOI: 10.20396/figura.v6i1.9967. Disponível em: https://econtents.bc.unicamp.br/inpec/index.php/figura/article/view/9967. Acesso em: 25 jun. 2024.

Abstract

In the present paper I analyse the Milanese Academy of the Blenio Valley, founded in 1568 by the engraver Ambrogio Brambilla, through the idea of the construction of the artist’s identity in the so-called Renaissance. By using the grotesque-realism mechanism, this group of artists and artisans adopted a carnival-like mask, the facchino, a peasant character drawn from the Milanese everyday life. In their grotesque poetry, the academics make it clear that this ignoble character was nothing more thanan outermost encasement of a noble inner essence. Merging the carnival mask and Neoplatonic thought through the translation of carnival elements into a more intellectual form, that is to say, the Platonic text, the academics constructed and reinforced their divine status on a par with poets.

https://doi.org/10.20396/figura.v6i1.9967
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