(ii) The Gonzaga of Mantua

  • D. S. Chambers
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Gian Francesco Gonzaga, created Marquis in 1433, had been the first great princely patron in Mantua; his son Ludovico, educated in the court school of Vittorino da Feltre, and of the same remarkable generation as Guarino’s pupil Leonello d’Este of Ferrara and Federigo of Urbino, was outstanding for his interest in humanist learning and the arts. Leon Battista Alberti had not been slow to appreciate the qualities of the Marquis, writing to him a somewhat sycophantic letter in dedication of his ‘Treatise on Painting’ in 1441. Alberti accompanied Pope Pius II to Mantua for the political congress held there in 1459, and remained as an intimate consultant for the Marquis’ architectural projects.


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    Paride (Paris) Ceresara, of a Mantuan family, was a fairly well-known poet of the court circle. See E. Faccioli (ed.), ‘Mantova: Le Arti’ (Mantua, 1962) ii, esp. p. 403, n. 61. I am grateful to Dr C. H. Clough for this reference.Google Scholar

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