The word "sprezzatura," or the art of effortless mastery, was coined in 1528 by Baldassare Castiglione in The Book of the Courtier. No one has demonstrated effortless mastery throughout history quite like the Italians. From the Roman calendar and the creator of the modern orchestra (Claudio Monteverdi) to the beginnings of ballet and the creator of modern political science (Niccolò Machiavelli), Sprezzatura highlights fifty great Italian cultural achievements in a series of fifty information-packed essays in chronological order.
About: Chronicles the ways in which Italian culture has influenced world civilization, discussing thinkers, inventors, and artists including Monteverdi, Machiavelli, Garibaldi, Dante, Fermi, Catullus, and Armani.
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