Western Imagination: September 3, 2014: List 2

The class is supposed to be reading The Book of the Courtier. What the word for highly intellectual dialogue.


Western Imagination (Characteristics of the Perfect Gentlemen List):

  • Soldier (arms) (with grace)
  • Military Skills (with grace)
  • Virtues (with grace)
  • Athletics (with grace)
  • Scholar (of letters) (with grace)
  • Humanities Knowledge (with grace)
  • Avoid Affection (Being Superficial) (with grace)
  • Be Nonchalant (Sprezzatura) (with grace)
  • Make everything you do seem Extraordinarily Difficult (with grace)
  • But Effortless and Natural (with grace)
  • Be Involved with Music (with grace)
  • Know about it (with grace)
  • Sing it (with grace)
  • Read it (with grace)
  • Play Several Instruments (with grace)
  • At appropriate times and places (with grace)
  • Sing alone with Viola (preferred style of Renaissance) (with grace)
  • No Polyphony


Then we looked at Ecstasy of St. Celia.


“Practise in everything a certain nonchalance that shall conceal design and show that what is done and said is done without effort and almost without thought.”
― Baldassare Castiglione, The Book of the Courtier



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