Sprezzatura: 50 Ways Italian Genius Shaped the World


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Sprezzatura: 50 Ways Italian Genius Shaped the World

No one has demonstrated sprezzatura, or the art of effortless mastery, throughout history quite like the Italians. From the rise of 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 witty, erudite, and information-packed essays in chronological order.

396 pages; 8 x 5 inches; paperbound; ISBN: 978-0385720199

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