Representing Italian Academies (1569–2006)

  • Simone Testa
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The interpretation of the Italian academic movement has witnessed enthusiastic approaches that saw in the movement the exaltation of ways of learning through participation in circles that were independent of public universities, as was the case with Bargagli, Guazzo, and Patrizi.2 Later on, the prevailing erudite approach (Alberti, Garuffi)3 was content with reporting the list of academies to explain Italy’s unique contribution to European culture, but it did not propose a sound interpretation of the whole phenomenon. This attitude was brought to high levels of detailed research by scholars such as Giovanni Fantuzzi,4 Giuseppe Gennari,5 and others who saw in these institutions a way for exalting their own city or town from a municipalistic point of view that has remained the prevailing approach in the study of Italian academies.


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