Lettere scritte al signor Pietro Aretino, da molti Signori, Comunità, Donne di valore, Poeti, & altri eccellentissimi Spiriti. Divise in due libri (and:) Libro secondo delle lettere scritte al signor Pietro Aretino
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Lettere scritte al signor Pietro Aretino, da molti Signori, Comunità, Donne di valore, Poeti, & altri eccellentissimi Spiriti. Divise in due libri (and:) Libro secondo delle lettere scritte al signor Pietro Aretino

Autore: ARETINO, Pietro, editor (1492-1556)

Dati tipografici: Venezia [Francesco Marcolini], 1552 [i.e. 1551]-1551


2 volumes. 8vo. (I:) (2), 3-415, (9) pp. A-Z8, Aa-Cc8, Dd4; (II:) (2), 3-462, (10) pp. A-Z8, AA-FF8, GG4. With the printer's device on the title-pages repeated at the end of the volumes. Modern vellum.

Adams, A-1577; Basso, pp. 160-161; Edit 16, CNCE 28618 and CNCE 28621; Quondam, p. 280; S. Casali, Gli annali della tipografia veneziana di Francesco Marcolini, (Bologna, 1953), pp. 202-208 and pp. 217-219; P. O. Casi, Bibliografia di e su Pietro Aretino dal 1512 ai nostri giorni, (Milano, 2002), p. 105; P. Procaccioli, ed., Lettere scritte a Pietro Aretino, (Roma, 2003-2004), vol. I, pp. 379-381 and vol. II, pp. 393-395; S. Speroni, Lettere familiari, II Lettere a diversi, M.R. Loi & M. Pozzi, eds., (Alessandria, 1994), no. I, II and XIV.

 

FIRST AND ONLY EDITION of the first significant collection of letters addressed by numerous different senders to one recipient only. It was preceded one month earlier by the much smaller collection Lettere di diversi all'Illustrissimo Signor Vitello Vitelli (Firenze, 1551) with a dedication dated June 1551 (see item no. XXX).

Even though Aretino's direct implication in the selection and correction of the material can not be proved, it is highly probable that he decided to publish part of his correspondence hoping to obtain an appointment as a cardinal's hat. Surely to give more reliability to the carefully planned operation of self-promotion, he likely preferred not to appear as editorial curator. The dedications of the two volumes are thus signed by the printer Francesco Marcolini. The first is addressed to Innocenzo del Monte, nephew of Pope Julius III, and is dated October 5, 1551. The dedication of the second volume to Giambattista del Monte (another nephew of the pope), dated October 8, 1551, was immediately replaced after the latter's death in April 1552 by a new one addressed to Lodovico Beccadelli, which in some copies is dated May 8, 1552, in others October 8, 1552.

As stated by Anton Francesco Doni in his Terremoto (Roma, 1556), written in 1538, when he had already broken with his ancient mentor Aretino, the latter entrusted his correspondence to Marcolini, who set it aside for many years. To justify the absence in the collection of many prestigious correspondents such as Emperor Charles V, the King of France, Francis I, or Pope Clemens VII, Marcolini reproaches Aretino in the first dedication for not having had more care in preserving their letters. Verisimilarly the omission had been done deliberately to avoid disclosing to the newly elected Pope Julius III that Aretino corresponded with people with whom (e.g. the emperor) he was having difficult relations. However, with the election of Julius III (February 7, 1550), Aretino had seen a real chance for him to become a cardinal and he promptly decided to take the opportunity to publish this collection, in which, he thought, every single correspondent should have been like a witness and a guarantor for his extraordinary qualities.

Aretino was already considered by his contemporaries the inventor of this kind of publication (cf. G. Baldassarri, L'invenzione dell'epistolario, in: “Pietro Aretino nel cinquecentenario della nascita, Atti del Convegno di Roma-Viterbo-Arezzo 28 settembre-1 ottobre 1992, Toronto 23-24 ottobre 1992, Los Angeles 27-29 ottobre 1992”, Roma, 1995, pp. 157-178). His fame had spread mainly throughout his correspondence, and it surely was a source of great pride for anybody to appear as his correspondent (cf. P. Procaccioli, op. cit., pp. 9-28).

“Solo un editore [Marcolini] immune da pregiudizi classicisti e formalistici poteva concepire e assemblare una raccolta come quella delle Lettere scritte a Pietro Aretino, ricca di oltre 800 lettere rappresentative dei livelli culturali e dei registri stilistici più disparati, ma concordemente gravitanti, a dispetto della loro eterogeneità, intorno ad un punto focale già di per sé fulgido eppure da esso reso più splendente: il «divino» destinatario, celebrato ecumenicamente da scriventi di ogni lingua, di ogni cultura, di ogni livello sociale. Lo spirito anticlassicista e antipedantesco, che Aretino possedeva ed ostentava fin oltre i limiti della provocazione, e le sue ben note capacità autopromozionali potrebbero pertanto essere assunti come prove indiziarie della sua partecipazione, almeno come ispiratore, all'impresa editoriale sottoscritta dal suo amico e compare Francesco Marcolini […] [Le lettere] ci consentono di disegnare una mappa più vasta e articolata della rete di relazioni che questo seppe costruire intorno a sé. Principi e ambasciatori, duchi e cardinali, condottieri e mercanti, artisti oscuri e di grido, poeti e letterati prestigiosi o di incerte speranze, cortigiani ben sistemati o in cerca di impiego, signori che hanno perso il feudo, fuoriusciti che hanno perso la patria, frati, soldati, tutta una folla di potenti e miserabili, di giovani e di vecchi, di uomini e di donne, di ignoranti e di colti, da ogni angolo del vecchio mondo e persino dal nuovo fa giungere le proprie lettere all'Aretino” (L. Mulas, Aretino ‘politico‘, ‘mondano' e ‘spirituale‘ nel coro dei suoi corrispondenti, in: “Lettere a Pietro Aretino”, G. Floris & L. Mulas, eds., Roma, 1997, pp. 10-11).

The collection contains 816 letters written over a period of twenty-eight years (between 1524 and 1551) by 389 different senders. Nearly all unpublished up to that time, the letters are assembled in groups by the sender's name in chronological order. The first volume contains 406 letters all dated before 1536, the second 410 written from 1536 onwards. The date of many undated letters can be conjectured on the basis of external events at least in terms ante quem and post quem. Of the 44 letters addressed to him, that Aretino had already published in the 1542 reprint of his first book of letters, not all were included in this collection. Despite the process of correction which they underwent, the letters to Aretino remain extremely ‘true' and have an exceptional documentary value (cf. G. Floris, Nascita e strategia della raccolta, in: “Lettere a Pietro Aretino”, G. Floris & L. Mulas, eds., Roma, 1997, pp. 41-61). Among his correspondents were such notable contemporaries as emperor Charles V, Cosimo de' Medici, Guidobaldo II della Rovere, Hernandez Alvarez de Toledo, Thomas Cromwell, Pietro Bembo, Paolo Giovio, Girolamo Fracastoro, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Sebastiano Serlio, Titian, Bendetto Varchi, Giorgio Vasari, Francesco Sansovino, Claudio Tolomei, and many other including the two most prominent poetesses of the time, Vittoria Colonna and Veronica Gambara.

For Anton Franceco Doni's alleged editorship of this collection see P. Procaccioli, Un criptosegretario per il «secretario del mondo»: Doni e l'allestimento delle ‘Lettere scritte al signor Pietro Aretino', in: “Una soma di libri: l'edizione delle opere di Anton Francesco Doni”, G. Masi, ed., (Firenze, 2008), pp. 59-79.

Among the lesser known figures in this letter collection is Ambrogio Eusebi (Book II, pp. 27-33), Aretino's one-time secretary, who was involved in the injuring of the latter's rival, Niccolò Franco, and had to emigrate. Two of his letters are of great historical interest (Book II, pp. 27-33). In the first dated Seville, September 10, 1541, he tells Aretino about his intention to travel to the Indies. The next letter written from Asunción, Paraguay (datable March 8, 1545), gives an account of the revolt against Alvaro Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca, governor of the La Plata territories, also a friend of Aretino. Eusebi informs him, that the rebellion was caused by the malice and jealousy of the preceding rulers, that he participated in an unsuccessful plot to free Cabeza de Vaca from prison, and that as a consequence he had to spend three months in prison too, for what he appealed the Council of the Indies. He goes on in relating how the Spaniards went forth on their exploration: bare feet, half naked and with little food. They went up a river ‘as great as a sea' called the Paraguay, which joined the Paraná further down. He mentions the ‘Caraca' and ‘Maia' Indian tribes, as well as a tribe of women, ‘who I think are the Amazons', who lived with men only a part of the year. Cabeza de Vaca was on the point of leading them into a country so full of treasures that it would have made every man on the expedition rich, but was prevented by an outbreak of sickness among his men. Eusebi then begs Aretino to send him to Rio de la Plata several goods (and his newest works) through Scipione de Grimaldi, resident at Sevilla. This report from Eusebi seems to be the first appearance in print of any news on Cabeza de Vaca's explorations in South America: his own account having been published in the Commentarios of Pedro Hernandes only in 1555 (cf. P. Larivaille, Pietro Aretino, Salerno, 1997, pp. 310-311).

The copy here described has the first volume in second issue (on the title-page and in the colophon it has been clearly added a second ‘I' to match the date with that of the second printing of the second volume, which was issued, as seen, with a new dedication and some minor typographical variants between May and October 1552) and the second volume is extant in the first issue with the dedication to Giambattista del Monte.

 

(Book I:)

Medici, Giovanni de'. Fano, August 3 [1525] (p. 5)

id. Pavia, [November-December], 1524 (p. 6)

Vitelli, Vitello. Voghera, [July-September], 1524 (p. 7)

Della Rovere, Francesco Maria. Pioltello, October 5, 1536 (p. 7)

id. Venezia, July 9, 1537 (p. 8)

Di Monte, Antonio. Roma, 1526 (p. 8)

Guicciardini, Francesco. Piacenza, November 14, 1526 (p. 8)

Salviati de' Medici, Maria. Firenze, December 10, 1526 (p. 9)

id. Firenze, December 24, 1526 (p. 10)

Del Piombo, Sebastiano. Roma, May 15, 1527 (p. 11)

id. Roma, [May], 1527 (p. 12)

id. Roma, December 4, 1531 (p. 13)

Sanga, Giambattista. Roma, 1528 (p. 14)

Bartolini, Lorenzo. Padova, January 20, 1529 (p. 14)

Gonzaga, Federico II. Mantova, June 1, 1529 (p. 17)

id. Mantova, October 23, 1529 (p. 17)

id. Mantova, December 19, 1529 (p. 18)

id. Mantova, January 19, 1530 (p. 20)

id. Mantova, February 13, 1530 (p. 21)

id. Mantova, May 21, 1530 (p. 21)

Bertoldo, Francesco. [Venezia], June 14, 1529 (p. 22)

Medici, Gian Giacomo de'. Musso, June 2, 1529 (p. 23)

id. Milano, February 4, 1538 (p. 23)

Sala, Bartolomeo. Ferrara, October 22, 1529 (p. 25)

Camillo Delminio, Giulio. Gemona, October 25, 1529 (p. 26)

id. Padova, July 10, 1532 (p. 27)

id. Padova, August 3, 1532 (p. 29)

id. Padova, August 18, 1532 (p. 30)

id. Piacenza, May 15, 1533 (p. 31)

id. Paris, September 1, 1533 (p. 31)

id. Rouen, May 7, 1535 (p. 32)

id. [Venezia], May 7, 1538 (p. 33)

Carlo da Bologna. Mantova, May 22, 1529 (p. 34)

id. Mantova, May 4, 1529 (p. 36)

id. Mantova, July 3, 1529 (p. 37)

id. Mantova, September 18, 1529 (p. 38)

id. Mantova, October 25, 1529 (p. 39)

id. Mantova, February 16, 1530 (p. 40)

Di Trotti, Nicola. Ferrara, November 28, 1529 (p. 41)

id. Ferrara, April 12, 1531 (p. 42)

id. Selva di Lugo, July 5, 1529 (p. 43)

id. Selva di Lugo, July 10, 1535 (p. 45)

Rangoni, Claudio. Modena, February 4, 1530 (p. 46)

id. Modena, August 24, 1534 (p. 48)

id. Castellazzo, September 16, 1534 (p. 48)

id. Modena, November 4, 1534 (p. 49)

id. Modena, April 25, 1536 (p. 50)

Trotti, Alfonso Benedetto de'. Ferrara, February 6, 1530 (p. 51)

Agnelli, Giovanni. [Mantova], February 11, 1530 (p. 52)

Rovero, Caterina. La Verzia, February 15, 1530 (p. 53)

Priori del Popolo di Arezzo (Priors of the People of Arezzo). Arezzo, February 18, 1530 (p. 54)

id. Arezzo, September 6, 1530 (p. 54)

Sanseverino, Giovanfrancesco. Bologna, February 18, 1530 (p. 56)

id. Colorno, May 4, 1530 (p. 57)

Rovero, Ieronimo. Bologna, February 25, 1530 (p. 57)

id. Asti, December 19, 1530 (p. 58)

id. Pralormo, August 19, 1531 (p. 59)

Nicolò, Marco di. Roma, May 5, [1532] (p. 60)

id. Costantinople, September 9, 1533 (p. 61)

Benucci da Schio, Girolamo. Bologna, May 17, 1530 (p. 62)

id. Augsburg, October 24, 1530 (p. 63)

id. Bruxelles, February 12, 1531 (p. 64)

id. Roma, December 2, 1531 (p. 65)

id. Roma, January 3, 1532 (p. 67)

id. Roma, January 12, 1532 (p. 67)

Paleologo, Bonifacio IV. Padova, March 19, 1530 (p. 68)

Tanai, Camillo. Roma, November 12, 1531 (p. 69)

Zanco, Alessandro. Padova, April 4, 1531 (p. 70)

Stampa, Massimiano. Cremona, November 15, 1530 (p. 71)

id. Vigevano, [September] 29, 1530 (p. 72)

id. Milano, June 9, 1531 (p. 72)

id. Milano, August 20, 1531 (p. 73)

id. Sartirano, September 28, 1534 (p. 73)

id. Milano, November 20, 1534 (p. 74)

id. Milano, July 31, 1535 (p. 74)

id. Milano, April 14, 1536 (p. 75)

id. Milano, May 12, 1536 (p. 75)

id. Milano, October 2, 1538 (p. 76)

Castillejo, Cristobal. Wien, December 10, 1530 (p. 77)

id. Wien, May 12, 1536 (p. 77)

Coronio, Marco Antonio. Roma, January 3, 1531 (p. 78)

id. Pisa, July 5, 1531 (p. 80)

id. Roma, May 5, 1532 (p. 81)

id. Alessandria, July 1, 1535 (p. 84)

Cesano, Gabriele. Pisa, July 5, 1531 (p. 85)

id. Ferrara, December 1, 1537 (p.8 5)

Passo, Bernardo. Padova, July 21, 1531 (p. 86)

id. Padova, March 5, 1537 (p. 87)

id. Salerno, April 29, 1549 (p. 87)

Quirini, Luigi. Padova, August 23, 1531 (p. 88)

id. Padova, September 23, 1531 (p. 89)

id. Padova, September 19, 1531 (p. 91)

Brevio, Giovanni. Padova, August 27, 1531 (p. 92)

id. Padova, August 29, 1531 (p. 93)

id. Padova, September 5, 1531 (p. 94)

id. Padova, September 8, 1531 (p. 94)

Cellesi, Pietro. Roma, October 9, 1531 (p. 95)

Bernardi, Gian Battista. Padova, August 31, 1531 (p. 96)

id. Roma, December 7, 1533 (p. 98)

id. Roma, December 13, 1534 (p. 99)

Gonzaga, Annibale. Paris, December 5, 1531 (p. 101)

id. Reims, March 31, 1533 (p.102)

Gonzaga, Girolamo. Mantova, March 3, 1537 (p. 103)

Schivonoglia, Alessandro. Correggio, October 4, 1531 (p. 103)

Arelio, Bernardino. Torino, October 17, 1531 (p. 104)

id. Torino, January 6, 1531 (p. 106)

id. Piacenza, February 7, 1537 (p. 108)

Avalos, Alfonso d'. Correggio, November 2, 1531 (p. 109)

id. Castiglione, April 22, [1532] (p. 110)

id. Busseto, March 8, 1532 (p. 110)

Colonna, Vittoria. Busseto, November 17, 1533 (p. 111)

Avalos, Alfonso d'. Mazal, October 7, 1537 (p. 111)

id. Milano, December 3, 1538 (p.112)

Aragona d'Avalos, Maria d'. Milano, March 1, 1539 (p. 112)

Avalos, Alfonso d'. Milano, March 2, 1539 (p. 114)

id. Milano, January 8, 1539 (p. 115)

id. Vigevano, February 6, 1540 (p. 115)

id. Milano, January 5, 1541 (p. 116)

Aragona d'Avalos, Maria d'. Milano, January 5, 1541 (p. 117)

Avalos, Alfonso d'. Milano, February 10, 1541 (p. 118)

id. Vigevano, March 21, 1541 (p. 118)

id. Milano, May 10, 1541 (p. 119)

id. Pavia, June 8, 1544 (p. 119)

Castaldo, Giovanni Battista. Correggio, November 2, 1531 (p. 120)

id. Busseto, September 9, 1532 (p. 121)

id. Milano, Aprile 21, 1534 (p. 122)

id. Milano, May 15, 1534 (p. 122)

id. Alessandria, September 6, 1534 (p. 124)

id. Milano, September 23, 1534 (p. 125)

id. Alessandria, June 18, 1535 (p. 126)

id. Milano, October 6, 1535 (p. 127)

id. Milano, November 24, 1536 (p. 127)

id. Milano, April 4, 1537 (p. 128)

id. Milano, July 10, 1538 (p. 129)

id. Busseto, March 21, 1540 (p. 130)

id. Milano. January 13, 1540 (p. 130)

id. Milano, June 18, 1540 (p. 131)

id. Milano, September 27, 1545 (p. 132)

id. Milano, November 17, 1545 (p. 132)

Sanseverino, Ludovica. Lodi, November 12, 1531 (p. 133)

Accolti, Bernardo. Roma, February 6, 1532 (p. 134)

id. Roma, May 4, [1535] (p. 134)

Gritti, Luigi. Costantinopoli, June, 1532 (p. 135)

id. Costantinopoli, May 1533 (p. 136)

Medici, Ippolito de'. Roma, October 13, 1533 (p. 136)

Pollio, Giovanni. Arezzo, June 1, 1532 (p. 136)

id. Arezzo, August 4, 1537 (p. 138)

Ursino, Camillo. Vicenza, June 3, 1532 (p. 139)

id. Vicenza, July 7, 1532 (p. 140)

Baglioni, Galeazzo. June 13, 1532 (p. 142)

Guerretto, Paolo. Firenze, January 8, 1530 (p. 142)

Malatesta, Pandolfo. Ferrara, June 29, 1532 (p. 145)

id. [Venezia], June 19, 1532 (p.145)

Vecellio, Tiziano. Asti, [May] 31, 1536 (p. 146)

id. Augusta, November 11, 1550 (p. 147)

Porretto, Pietro Antonio. Bologna, December 28, 1532 (p. 148)

Giustiniani, Giovanni. Capodistria, August 1, 1533 (p. 149)

id. Capodistria, October 30, 1533 (p. 151)

id. Montagnana, January 5, 1540 (p. 152)

Busello, Nanne. Bertinoro, January 10, 1533 (p. 153)

Orfino da Foligno, Marchesio. Foligno, March 11, 1533 (p. 154)

Pico della Mirandola, Giulia. Concordia, March 15, 1533 (p. 155)

Medici, Alessandro de'. Famagosta, April 10, 1533 (p. 156)

id. Firenze, June, 1533 (p. 157)

id. Firenze, November 11, 1535 (p. 157)

Teodolo, Bernardino. Forlì, May 3, [1538] (p. 158)

Bacci, Gualtieri. Arezzo, May 6, 1533 (p. 159)

id. Arezzo, August 20, 1540 (p. 160)

id. Arezzo, September 4, 1540 (p. 161)

Vergerio, Pier Paolo. Wien, May 7, 1533 (p. 161)

id. Wien [May 15], 1533 (p. 163)

id. Wien, May 31, 1533 (p. 164)

id. Wien, July 31, 1533 (p. 165)

id. Wien September 17, 1533 (p. 166)

id. Praha, May 30, 1534 (p. 167)

id. Wien, October 20, 1534 (p. 168)

id. Wien, December 10, 1534 (p. 169)

id. Wien, April 6, 1535 (p. 171)

id. Wien, July 1, 1535 (p. 172)

id. Roma, June 24, 1536 (p. 173)

id. Abano, May 30, 1539 (p. 175)

id. Padova, June 2, 1539 (p. 175)

id. Ferrara, April 18, 1540 (p. 176)

Vitelli, Alessandro. Firenze, May 15, 1533 (p. 177)

Giustiniani, Giovanni. Capodistria, September 14, 1533 (p. 178)

Franciotti, Nicolò. Padova, June 20, 1533 (p. 180)

id. Nice, [June 20, 1538] (p. 181)

id. Vigevano, September 19, 1539 (p. 182)

id. Pegnì, October 20, 1541 (p. 183)

id. Roma, August 11, 1548 (p. 184)

id. Paris, April 20, 1549 (p. 185)

id. Paris, June 5, 1549 (p. 185)

Montmorency, Anne de. San Sper, June 13, [1533] (p. 187)

id. Languedoc, August 7, 1533 (p. 187)

Gambara, Veronica. Correggio, August 24, 1533 (p. 188)

id. Correggio, September 17, 1534 (p. 188)

id. Correggio, November 20, 1534 (p. 189)

id. Correggio, January 28, 1535 (p. 190)

id. Correggio, August 26, 1536 (p. 191)

id. Correggio. September 19, 1536 (p. 192)

id. Correggio, October 26, 1535 (p. 193)

id. Correggio, April 29, 1536 (p. 194)

id. Correggio, December 10, 1537 (p. 195)

Maffei, Nicola de. Mantova, April 30, 1534 (p. 196)

id. Mantova, May 19, 1534 (p. 197)

id. Mantova, July 24, 1535 (p. 197)

Caracciolo, Antonio. Paris, May 26, 1534 (p.198)

Molza, Francesco Maria. Roma, July 10, 1534 (p. 199)

id. Roma, May 3, 1536 (p.201)

Fausto da Longiano, Sebastiano. Rimini, June 22, 1534 (p. 202)

id. Rimini, November 28, 1534 (p. 205)

id. Rimini, May 27, 1534 (p. 206)

id. Bologna, December 30, 1532 (p. 207)

id. Adriano, April 25, 1533 (p. 209)

Cromwell, Thomas. London, July 20, 1534 (p. 210)

Odasio, David. Roma, July 18, 1534 (p. 210)

id. Roma, October [12], 1534 (p. 211)

id. Roma, December 27, 1535 (p. 212)

Mosti, Agostino. Ferrara, July 27, 1535 (p. 214)

Alessi, Benedetto. Vicenza, July 27, 1534 (p. 215)

Comitolo, Girolamo. Novellara, August 17, 1534 (p. 216)

id. Roma, April 1, 1535 (p. 217)

id. Mantova, October 17, 1536 (p. 220)

id. Lyon, April 26, 1537 (p. 221)

id. La Fère, May 17,[1537] (p. 222)

id. Paris, June 1, 1537 (p. 223)

id. Perugia, June 1, 1546 (p. 224)

Sforza, Bona. Cracow, September 1, [1538] (p. 225)

Diedo, Giambattista. Padova, September 19, 1534 (p. 226)

Cambi, Joan Tomaso. Napoli, October 10, 1534 (p. 227)

Bombaglino d'Arezzo, Capitano. Bologna, November 18, 1534 (p. 228)

Roselli, Rosello. Arezzo, November 8, 1534 (p. 229)

Castelmarte, Carlo da. Padova, November 17, 1534 (p. 231)

Calvo, Andrea. Milano, November 25, 1534 (p. 232)

Lambertino, Cornelio. Bologna, November 19, 1538 (p. 232)

Cles, Bernardo. Trento, November 26, 1534 (p. 234)

id. Trento, November 27, 1534 (p.234)

Rangone, Guido. Venezia, December 7, 1534 (p. 234)

Centurione, Gian Battista. Bari, December 16, 1534 (p. 235)

Lercari, Carlo. Bari, December 8, 1534 (p. 237)

Guidiccioni, Giovanni. Roma, December 23, 1534 (p. 239)

id. Imola, January 13, 1540 (p. 240)

id. Ravenna, April 15, 1540 (p. 241)

id. Roma, July 6, 1540 (p. 241)

Cavallino, Antonio. Padova, January 25, 1536 (p. 243)

Parpaglioni, Leonardo. Lucca, February 4, 1535 (p. 244)

id. Lucca, May 9, 1536 (p. 245)

Mezzabarba, Antonio. Padova, February 14, 1535 (p. 245)

Petrasanta, Giulio Cesare. Vulcano, April 10, 1535 (p. 247)

id. Vulcano, August 3, 1535 (p. 248)

Guiducci, Antonio. Alessandria, July 11, [1535] (p. 250)

id. Lucca, October 5, 1535 (p. 252)

Buonleo, Nicolò. Ferrara, May 9, 1535 (p. 254)

id. Ferrara, December 2, 1537 (p. 255)

id. Ferrara, July 27, 1541 (p. 256)

Bacci, Baccio. Roma, May 29, 1535 (p. 256)

id. Cesena, February 19, 1541 (p. 257)

Guiducci, Antonio. Pavia, September 1, 1535 (p. 258)

Vasari, Giorgio. Firenze, September 7, 1535 (p. 260)

id. Bologna, October 6, 1541 (p. 262)

id. Firenze, June 3, 1535 (p. 263)

Calcagnino, Alfonso. Ferrara, September 8, 1535 (p. 268)

Langeac, Jean de. Ferrara, September 29, 1535 (p. 269)

Crivello, Paolo. Milano, October 10, 1535 (p. 270)

Della Stufa, Giambattista. Roma, November 20, 1535 (p. 271)

Baldoria d'Arezzo, Capitano. L'Aquila, November 28, 1535 (p. 272)

Turco, Alberto. Ferrara, December 18, 1535 (p. 273)

Fontana, Andrea. [Venezia], [post 1539] (p. 274)

id. [Venezia], [post 1539] (p. 275)

Barotio da Fano. [Venezia] (p. 276)

Capdon, Jacopo Gio[vanni]. [Venezia] (p. 277)

Salviati, Lorenzo. Isola, [January], [1531] (p. 278)

Gonzaga, Luigi. Castelgoffredo, February 13, 1536 (p. 279)

id. Castelgoffredo, February 14, 1537 (p. 279)

id. Castelgoffredo, March 18, 1540 (p. 280)

id. Castelgoffredo, April 17, 1540 (p. 281)

Ricchi, Agostino. Padova, May 5, [1537] (p. 282)

id. Padova, June 7, 1537 (p. 284)

id. Ferrara, September 15, 1537 (p. 285)

id. Padova, August 5, 1538 (p. 286)

id. [Padova], [April-August], [1535] (p. 289)

id. Roma, November 9, 1550 (p. 291)

Gaddi, Giovanni. Roma, May 15, 1536 (p. 292)

id. Roma (p. 293)

Bembo, Pietro. Villa Boza, July 1, 1536 (p. 294)

Gherardo, Quinto. Padova, July 5, 1536 (p. 296)

id. [Venezia] (p. 297)

id. [Venezia] (p. 299)

Zanco, Alessandro Giovanni. Padova, March 26, 1536 (p. 300)

Altieri, Baldassarre. [Venezia], April 10, 1536 (p. 301)

id. Modena, April 28, 1536 (p. 302)

Fascitello, Onorato. Roma, May 12, 1536 (p. 303)

Malvezzi, Battista Gio. Bologna, June 2, 1536 (p. 304)

Amalteo, Giovanni Battista. Sacile, August 15, [1536] (p. 306)

Bichi, Anibale. Ferrara, November 11, 1535 (p. 307)

Lenzi, Lorenzo. Padova, December 5, 1536 (p. 308)

Rangoni, Barbara Pallavicino. Castelgoffredo, December 12, 1536 (p. 309)

Daniello, Bernardino. Padova, December 13, 1536 (p. 310)

Possevino, Giambattista. (p. 311)

Rangoni, Lodovico. Roccabianca, August 18, 1536 (p. 312)

id. Roccabianca, December 23, 1536 (p. 313)

id. Roccabianca, February 15, 1537 (p. 314)

id. Asolo, December 15, 1540 (p. 314)

id. [Venezia], n.d. (p. 315)

Varchi, Benedetto. Padova, October 9, 1536 (p. 316)

id. Padova, October 15, 1536 (p. 316)

id. Firenze, November 17, 1536 (p. 317)

id. Padova, September 13, 1537 (p. 318)

id. Padova, December 27, 1537 (p. 319)

id. Padova, January 3, 1541 (p. 321)

id. Bologna, May 9, 1541 (p. 322)

id. Firenze, April 21, 1548 (p. 323)

Girolamo da Correggio. Correggio, October 26, 1536 (p. 326)

id. Correggio, December 19, 1536 (p. 327)

id. Correggio, August 4, 1536 (p. 327)

Sansovino, Francesco. Padova, October 30, 1536 (p. 328)

id. Padova, November 20, 1536 (p. 329)

id. Padova, October 5, 1540 (p. 330)

id. Padova, September 18, 1540 (p. 331)

id. Padova, September 14, 1540 (p. 333)

id. Firenze, May 14, 1541 (p. 335)

id. Roma, June 27, 1550 (p. 335)

Sanseverino, Ferrante. Piacenza, November 20, 1536 (p. 336)

id. Augsburg, March 31, 1548 (p. 337)

Perez, Gonzalo. Villafranca, November 16, 1536 (p. 337)

id. Valladolid, March 3, 1537 (p. 338)

id. Barcelona, October 31, 1543 (p. 339)

id. Mantova, January 17, 1549 (p. 341)

id. Bruxelles, February 1, 1550 (p. 341)

Caracciolo, Marino. Milano, December 19, 1536 (p. 342)

id. Milano, April 4, 1537 (p. 331)

Amici, Flaminia de. Bologna, February 15, 1537 (p. 343)

Rangoni Gonzaga, Ginevra. Castelgoffredo, February 21, 1537 (p. 344)

id. Castelgoffredo, February 28 (p. 344)

Alberto da Ripa. Paris, March 6, 1537 (p. 345)

Bartolini, Leonardo. Ferrara, April 5, 1537 (p. 346)

Montesdoca de Nobili, Pietro. Roma, April 9, 1537 (p. 347)

id. Ancona, May 15, 1542 (p. 348)

Giovanni Antonio da Foligno. Ferrara, April 2, 1537 (p. 349)

Agostino d'Arezzo. Ferrara, April 13, 1537 (p. 350)

Rossi, Pier Maria. San Secondo, April 18, 1537 (p. 351)

id. San Secondo, May 18, 1537 (p. 352)

id. Mantova, November 2, 1540 (p. 353)

id. San Secondo, April 8, 1544 (p. 353)

id. San Secondo, November 21, 1546 (p. 354)

Gigli, Giacomo. Bologna, April 20, 1537 (p. 355)

Leoni, Leone. Padova, April 23, 1537 (p. 356)

id. Genova, March 23, 1541 (p. 357)

Filiomaniro, Lelio. Lecce, April 26, [1537] (p. 359)

id. Casarano, July 30, [1537] (p. 360)

id. Ferrara, July 24, [1537] (p. 360)

Pietro da Modena. Mantova, May 27, 1537 (p. 361)

Mattio da Collalto. Udine, January 28, 1537 (p. 362)

Bandini, Mario. Bologna, June 21, 1537 (p. 363)

id. Bologna, August 3, 1537 (p. 364)

id. Ancona, June 12, 1541 (p. 365)

id. Roma, n.d (p. 366)

Dolce, Lodovico. Piove di Sacco, June 18, 1537 (p. 366)

id. [Venezia], February 22, [1550] (p. 369)

id. [Venezia], May, 1541 (p. 370)

id. [Venezia], January 21, 1549 (p. 370)

id. [Venezia], [1539] (p. 371)

id. [Venezia], n.d. (p. 376)

id. [Venezia], [1539] (p. 377)

id. [Venezia], [post 1541] (p. 377)

id. [Venezia], [1537] (p. 378)

id. [Venezia], [1537] (p. 378)

id. [Venezia], [before 1542] (p. 380)

id. [Venezia] (p. 381)

id. [Venezia], [1539] (p. 381)

id. [Venezia], [1551] (p. 382)

id. [Venezia] (p. 382)

Anselmi, Antonio. Padova, June 21, 1537 (p. 383)

id. Padova, May 15, 1539 (p. 385)

id. Padova, February 21, 1537 (p. 387)

Garimberto, Girolamo. Fontainebleau, June 30, 1537 (p. 388)

Strozzi, Battista. Correggio, July 13, 1537 (p. 390)

id. Correggio, February 7, 1538 (p. 391)

Costanzo, Scipio. Castelfranco, July 17, 1537 (p. 392)

id. Castelfranco, February 2, 1540 (p. 393)

id. Tours, April 21, 1541 (p. 393)

id. Châtellerault, May 25, 1541 (p. 395)

id. [Venezia], n.d. (p. 395)

id. Di casa, n.d. (p. 396)

id. [Venezia], [April], [1540] (p. 396)

id. Di casa, [April], [1540] (p. 397)

id. Di casa, [April], [1540] (p. 397)

id. Di casa, [March], [1540] (p. 398)

Pietrasanta, Paolo. Milano, July 23, 1537 (p. 398)

id. Lyon, February 17, 1540 (p. 399)

Alamanni, Luigi. Paris, August 1, 1537 (p. 401)

Lando, Agostino. Piacenza, October 27, 1537 (p. 402)

Ursino, Valerio. Verona, October 30, 1537 (p. 403)

id. Zara, April 14, 1540 (p. 403)

Medij, Costantino de. Firenze, November 3, 1537 (p. 404)

id. Firenze, September 7, 1537 (p. 405)

Buonarroti, Michelangelo. Roma, November 20, 1537 (p. 406)

Perrenot de Granvelle, Antoine. Padova, November 25, 1537 (p. 407)

Zen, Pietro. [Venezia], December 10, 1537 (p. 408)

Montaguto, Girolamo. Roma, December 5, [1527] (p. 409)

id. Arezzo, October 25, 1539 (p. 410)

Castiglione, Bonaventura. [Musso], [post 1537] (p. 410)

Il Mulla. (p. 412)

Dandolo, Antonio. [Venezia], [1540] (p. 413)

D'Avila, Luigi. Valladolid, March 18, 1538 (p. 413)

Doni, Antonfrancesco. Roma, 1538 (p. 414)

 

(Book II:)

Medici, Cosimo de'. Firenze, October 25, 1537 (p. 5)

id. Poggio a Caiano, February 23,1542 (p. 6)

id. Firenze, April 24, 1543 (p. 6)

id. Firenze, December 23, 1543 (p. 7)

id. Firenze, February 4, 1543 (p. 8)

id. Poggio a Caiano, September 2, 1545 (p. 8)

id. Firenze, January 21, [1546] (p. 9)

id. Firenze, April 30, 1546 (p. 10)

id. Firenze, June 4, 1546 (p. 11)

id. Poggio, November 6, 1546 (p. 11)

id. Poggio, September 30, 1546 (p. 12)

id. Firenze, June 22, 1548 (p. 12)

id. Poggio, February 3, 1540 (p. 13)

id. Firenze, February 20, [1550] (p. 14)

id. Firenze, June 6, 1550 (p. 14)

Accolti, Benedetto. Ferrara, September 6, 1537 (p. 15)

id. Ferrara, March 3, 1540 (p. 16)

Orsini, Fulvio. Ferrara, November 5, 1537 (p. 17)

Colonna d'Avalos, Vittoria. Ferrara, November 6, 1537 (p. 18)

id. Lucca, September 25, 1539 (p. 18)

Pastor Passonico, Giampietro. [Novara], March 8, 1537 (p. 19)

id. [Novara], May 16, 1538 (p. 22)

id. [Novara], August 15, 1539 (p. 23)

Eusebi, Ambrogio. Nice, April 12, 1538 (p. 24)

id. Sevilla, September 10, 1541 (p. 26)

id. Paraguay, [March 8], [1545] (p. 28)

Di Castro, Ludovico. Bologna, June 28, 1538 (p. 33)

Cassola, Giacomo. Bologna, July 8, 1538 (p. 34)

Leonardi, Giovanni Giacomo. Roma, [before March 25, 1543] (p. 35)

id. [Venezia], [after October 20, 1538] (p. 36)

Giovio, Paolo. Milano, August 15, 1538 (p. 36)

id. Como, [January, 1540] (p. 38)

id. Como, February 24, 1540 (p. 38)

id. Mantova, December 26, [1539] (p. 38)

Nardi, Jacopo. Arezzo, October 8, 1538 (p. 41)

[Ghetti], Andrea. Verona, October 22, 1538 (p. 43)

id. Verona, July 22, 1539 (p. 45)

Dalle Arme, Francesco. Bologna, November 15, 1538 (p. 46)

Garofali, Giovanni Pietro. Bologna, November 21, 1538 (p. 47)

Gallo, Antonio. Urbino, December 5, 1538 (p. 49)

id. Urbino, June 12, 1542 (p. 51)

id. Urbino, December 16, 1548 (p. 52)

id. Urbino, March 17, 1549 (p. 52)

Gritti, Francesco. Pesaro, February 7, 1539 (p. 54)

id. Castelgoffredo, July 14, 1539 (p. 55)

id. Castelgoffredo, February 17, 1540 (p. 56)

Panciatichi, Bartolomeo. Firenze, February 14, [1540] (p. 57)

id. Lyon, May 1, 1539 (p. 58)

Vauzelles, Jean de. [Lyon], February 20, [1540] (p. 59)

id. [Lyon],[post June 16, 1539] (p. 63)

id. Lyon, April 22, 1548 (p. 64)

Nelli, Iustiniano. Perugia, February 28, 1539 (p. 66)

Romano, Giulio. Mantova, April 27, 1539 (p. 67)

Rossi, Ruberto de. Châtillon, May 3, 1539 (p. 67)

Martelli, Ugolino. Padova, May 14, 1539 (p. 70)

id. Padova, June 15, 1539 (p. 72)

Tancredi, Giulio. Roma, May 28, 1539 (p. 72)

Martelli, Nicoló. Firenze, June 10, 1539 (p. 73)

id. Firenze, April 10, 1540 (p. 75)

id. Firenze, [May 6], 1540 (p. 76)

id. Firenze, October 22, 1541 (p. 78)

Fortebraccio, Giovanni Paolo. Fratta Polesine, June 20, 1539 (p. 80)

Boiardo, Giulio. Ferrara, September 25, 1529 (p. 80)

Soria, Lope de. Milano, October 26, 1539 (p. 81)

id. Milano, January 3, 1540 (p. 82)

id. Milano, March 1, 1540 (p. 84)

id. Milano, April 26, 1540 (p. 85)

id. Milano, January 9, 1541 (p. 86)

id. Milano, March 8, 1541 (p. 87)

Deciano, Tiberio. Venezia, November 1, 1539 (p. 87)

Bellandino, Paolo. Padova, December 6, 1539 (p. 89)

Carsidoni, Antonio. London, January 31, 1539 (p. 90)

id. London, April 24, 1540 (p. 92)

Interiano, Paolo. Milano, January 22, 1540 (p. 92)

Cicogna, Giovanni Pietro. Termonde, February 12, 1540 (p. 93)

id. Leuven, May 30, 1540 (p. 94)

Fedele, Giovanni Battista. [Venezia], May 4, 1540 (p. 95)

id. Roma, October 17, 1540 (p. 96)

Gioachino [da Passano]. Padova, March 11, 1540 (p. 97)

Corvino, Alessandro. Roma, March 22, 1550 (p. 97)

Tancredi, Tancredi de. Zara, April 6, 1540 (p. 99)

Priori delle arti di Perugia (Priors of the arts of Perugia). Perugia, April 7,1540 (p. 102)

Caro, Annibal. Ravenna, April 12, 1540 (p. 103)

Spino, Pietro. Bergamo, April 18, 1550 (p. 105)

id. Milano, October 23, 1550 (p. 106)

Fregoso, Cesare. Castelgoffredo, April 26, 1540 (p. 107)

id. Catelgoffredo, April 17, 1540 (p. 108)

Clemente da Ferrara. Ferrara, October 10, 1540 (p. 109)

Egnatio, Bartolomeo. Fossombrone, May 8, 1540 (p. 110)

Andrea, Alessandro. Venezia, May 11, 1540 (p. 112)

id. Napoli, August 20, 1540 (p. 113)

Borro, Girolamo. Arezzo, May 12, 1540 (p. 115)

id. Padova, September 21, 1540 (p. 116)

id. Roma, November 6, 1541 (p. 117)

id. Roma, June 10, 1542 (p. 118)

id. Corte di Francia (French Royal Court), April 8, 1548 (p. 120)

id. Roma, June 7, 1550 (p. 120)

Giustiniani, Giacomo. Roma, May 17, 1540 (p. 122)

Angulo, Andrea. Ferrara, May 28, 1540 (p. 125)

id. Ferrara, June 5, 1540 (p. 126)

id. Firenze, July 28, 1548 (p. 127)

id. Firenze, December 1, 1548 (p. 127)

id. Firenze, April 13, 1549 (p. 128)

Latioso, Francesco. Rocca di Forlì, June 6, 1540 (p. 129)

Pizzoni, Giovanbattista. Ancona, June 6, 1540 (p. 131)

Malatesta, Roberto. Siena, June 15, 1540 (p. 132)

Cuppano, Lucantonio. Urbino, June 27, 1540 (p. 133)

[Barbolani, Gianfrancesco]. Arezzo, September 7, 1540 (p. 134)

Gentilini, Girolamo. Montagnana, September 15, 1540 (p. 134)

Barbaro, Daniello. Padova, November 10, 1540 (p. 136)

id. London, January 28, 1549 (p. 137)

Tomasi, Francesco. Napoli, October 8, 1540 (p. 139)

Piccolomini, Alessandro. Padova, December 12, 1540 (p. 142)

id. Padova, March 20, 1541 (p. 143)

id. Padova, October 13, 1541 (p. 146)

id. Padova, May 31, 1541 (p. 147)

id. Padova, April 4, 1541 (p. 148)

Piccolomini, Piccolomo. Padova, December 15, 1540 (p. 150)

Zanco, Crisostomo Giovanni. Ravenna, November 16, 1540 (p. 150)

Antonio da Castello. Brescia, December 10, 1540 (p. 152)

Lando, Ortesio. [Venezia], [before November 25, 1540] (p. 152)

Rota, Pier Andrea. [Ragusa], [after June 15, 1538] (p. 153)

Valdambrino, Cesare. Roma, May 25, 1540 (p. 154)

Paolo Antonio frate fiorentino. Venezia, [before April 27, 1541] (p. 156)

Magno, Marco Antonio. [Venezia], [before May, 1548] (p. 156)

[Paleologo] Gonzaga, [Margherita]. Mantova, January 3, 1541 (p. 157)

Domenichi, Lodovico. Padova, January 8, 1541 (p. 157)

id. Padova, April 27, 1541 (p. 158)

Moccia, Bernardino. Milano, January 5, 1541 (p. 159)

Priscianese, Francesco. Roma, January 29, 1541 (p. 160)

id. Roma, February 11, 1541 (p. 162)

id. Roma, October 22, 1541 (p. 164)

Bruno, Giovanni Tommaso. Milano, January 31, 1541 (p. 164)

id. Milano, August 27, 1541(p. 166)

id. Valladolid, March 5, 1542 (p. 166)

Khair ad-din. Costantinopoli, [December 24,1542] (p. 167)

Solitario, Gregorio. [Urbino], March 18, 1541 (p. 168)

Idiaquez, Alonso de. Regensburg, March 26, 1541 (p. 171)

id. Regensburg, July 5, 1541(p. 171)

id. Leuven, May 31, [1540] (p. 172)

Bacci, Francesco. Arezzo, April 10, 1541 (p. 172)

Podiani, Lucalberto. Perugia, April 10, 1541 (p. 172)

Tolomei, Claudio. Roma, April 8, 1541 (p. 175)

id. Piacenza, July 21, [1546] (p. 177)

id. Piacenza, April 3, 1546 (p. 178)

id. Piacenza, May 4. 1547 (p. 178)

id. Padova, September 22, 1548 (p. 179)

id. Padova, October 27, 1548 (p. 179)

id. June 19, 1548 (p. 180)

id. September 21, 1549 (p. 181)

Longo, Giacomo. Napoli, Aprl 28, 1541 (p. 182)

Montese, Ferrante. [Venezia], [May], 1545 (p. 184)

Paolo Antonio frate fiorentino. Cesena, April 28, 1541 (p. 185)

Salvatorino, Giacomo Giovanni. Venezia, April 29, 1541 (p. 188)

Huesca, Pedro de. Regensburg, May 17, 1541 (p. 189)

id. Regensburg, June 5, 1541 (p. 191)

id. Regensburg, July 6 1541 (p. 192)

Domenico frate fiorentino. May 20, 1541 (p. 192)

Martelli, Vincenzo. Regensburg, May 31, 1541 (p. 194)

Duarte, Francisco. Genova, June 3, 1541 (p. 195)

Romero, Alonso. Lanciano, June 12, 1541 (p. 199)

Cademosto, Marco. Roma, June 10, 1541 (p. 200)

Speroni, Sperone. Padova, July 7, 1541 (p. 202)

id. Padova, February 5, 1537 (p. 205)

id. Padova, February 16, 1549 (p. 206)

Gaddi, Niccolò. Paris, July 8, 1541 (p. 206)

Tinghi, Bartolomeo. Roma, July 30, 1541 (p. 207)

Lambertino, Alessandro. Bologna, August 10, 1541 (p. 209)

id. Bologna, December 13, 1541 (p. 210)

id. [Poggio a Caiano], March 22, 1540 (p. 211)

Nicandro, Ambrogio. Ancona, August 7, 1541 (p. 212)

Firenzuola, Agnolo. Prato, October 5, 1541 (p. 215)

Bernardino di Serafino. Arezzo, October 5, 1541 (p. 216)

Comitolo, Girolamo. [Perugia], [before August 16, 1541]

Ochino, Bernardino. [Venezia], May 23, 1541 (p. 218)

Della Rovere, Guibobaldo II. Urbino, April 16, 1542 (p. 219)

id. Verona, October 6,1543 (p. 220)

id. Castel Durante, September 6,1544 (p. 221)

id. Pesaro, November 3, 1544 (p. 222)

id. Pesaro, January 17, 1545 (p. 222)

id. Fossombrone, November 19, 1545 (p. 223)

id. Fossombrone, March 21, 1546 (p. 224)

id. Verona, August 26, 1546 (p. 224)

id. Verona, November 14, 1546 (p. 225)

id. Pesaro, January 8, 1548 (p. 226)

id. Pesaro, March 9, 1549 (p. 226)

id. Castel Durante, March 13, 1547 (p. 227)

id. Urbino, March 28, 1547 (p. 227)

id. Pesaro, April 25, 1547 (p. 228)

id. Verona, July 30, 1547 (p. 228)

id. Verona, August 26, 1547 (p. 229)

id. Verona, August 16, 1547 (p. 229)

id. Pesaro, September 11, 1547 (p. 230)

id. Pesaro, November 7, 1547 (p. 231)

id. Urbino, February 5, 1548 (p. 231)

id. Pesaro, May 20, 1548 (p. 232)

id. Pesaro, March 3, 1549 (p. 232)

id. Pesaro, April 1, 1549 (p. 233)

id. Verona, October 24, 1549 (p. 233)

id. Pesaro, January 3. 1550 (p. 235)

id. Pesaro, January 25, 1550 (p. 235)

id. Pesaro, September 5, 1550 (p. 236)

id. Urbino, June 23, 1550 (p. 236)

Farnese Della Rovere, Vittoria. Urbino, June 29, 1550 (p. 238)

Della Rovere, Guidobaldo II. Peschiera, October 30, [1549] (p. 238)

Camaiani, Nofri. Padova, April 15, 1542 (p. 238)

id. Padova, July 15, 1542 (p. 239)

id. [Padova], [1542] (p. 241)

id. Padova, August 7, 1542 (p. 241)

Bonucci, Agostino. Bologna, April 7, 1542 (p. 242)

Angelo di Costanza. Cantalupo, April 12, 1542 (p. 243)

Peralta, Iñigo de. Siviglia, May 9, 1542 (p. 244)

Fogliano, Jacopo. Modena, May 7, 1542 (p. 245)

Salviati, Giuliano. Pesaro, June 5, 1542 (p. 246)

Caula, Pellegrina. Modena, June 15, 1542 (p. 246)

Oradini, Giulio. Perugia, June 22, 1542 (p. 247)

Castellaro, Bernardino. Cesena, July 10, 1542 (p. 249)

Orsini, Leone. Stimigliano, July 19, 1542 (p. 251)

Betussi, Giuseppe. Venezia, July 24, 1542 (p. 252)

id. Chivasso, October 1, 1550 (p. 253)

Colonna, Stefano. Firenze, August 26, 1542 (p. 254)

Raynoldi, Gianiacopo. Milano, May 30, 1544 (p. 255)

id. Milano, June 7, 1544 (p. 256)

id. Milano, August 12, 1544 (p. 257)

Bourbon, Ranieri. Pesaro, May 13, 1543 (p. 257)

id. Pesaro, March 15, 1548 (p. 258)

id. Pesaro, April 7, 1549 (p. 259)

Gentilini, Girolamo. Padova, February 15, 1545 (p. 259)

Latini, Giovanni Francesco. Firenze, March 13, 1545 (p. 260)

Serlio, Sebastiano. [Venezia], [after January 27, 1547] (p. 261)

Pallavicino, Girolamo. Cortemaggiore, October 3, 1545 (p. 262)

id. Cortemaggiore, October 8, 1545 (p. 262)

id. Cortemaggiore, October 20, 1545 (p. 263)

id. Piacenza, May 5, 1547 (p. 264)

id. Crema, August 22, 1547 (p. 264)

Di Rocchetta Pallavicino, Camilla. Cortemaggiore, October 5, 1545 (p. 265)

id. Cortemaggiore, October 20, 1545 (p. 266)

Gonzaga, Ferrante. Mantova, September 9, 1545 (p. 266)

id. Milano, November 6, 1546 (p. 267)

id. Piacenza, October 15, 1547 (p. 267)

id. Milano, September 18, 1548 (p. 268)

Contile, Luca. Milano, September 16, 1545 (p. 269)

id. Vigevano, March 30, 1546 (p. 270)

id. Milano, May 4, 1546 (p. 271)

id. Milano, September 26, 1550 (p. 273)

Trivulzio Pallavicino, Ludovica. Cortemaggiore, September 1, 1545 (p. 275)

id. Cortemaggore, January 10, 1548 (p. 275)

P. A. Romano. Roma, January 1, 1546 (p. 277)

Pallavicino, Antonmaria. Montemarciano, January 6, 1546 (p. 277)

Latini, Giovanni Francesco. Firenze, May 1, 1546 (p. 278)

Farnese, Pier Luigi. Piacenza, July 15, 1546 (p. 279)

Lioni, Francesco. Firenze, June 19, 1546 (p. 279)

Mantova Benavides, Marco. Padova, July 15, 1546 (p. 281)

Sisto da Siena. Padova, October 14,  1546 (p. 282)

Venier, Lorenzo. Vicenza, October 16, 1546 (p. 283)

Ramberti, Benedetto. Milano, November 1, 1546 (p. 284)

Alvarez de Toledo, Hernandez. Milano, January 7, 1547 (p. 285)

Frangipane, Cornelio. [Udine], January 20, 1547 (p. 286)

id. [Udine], [after November, 1550] (p. 287)

id. [Udine], August 19, [1549] (p. 287)

Bacci, Giulio. Arezzo, September 20, 1547 (p. 287)

id. Arezzo, May 1, 1548 (p. 289)

id. Arezzo, October 20, 1548 (p. 290)

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Denny, Antony. London, December 19, 1547 (p. 293)

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id. Leir, January 5, 1549 (p. 294)

Della Rovere, Giulio. Pesaro, March 18, 1548 (p. 295)

id. Perugia, August 4, 1548 (p. 295)

Angeli da Barga, Piero. Reggio Emilia, March 29, 1548 (p. 296)

Martinengo, Girolamo. Brescia, May 15, 1548 (p. 297)

Hobÿ, Philip. Augsburg, June 23, 1548 (p. 298)

id. Augsburg, July 24, 1548 (p. 298)

id. Bruxelles, October 4, 1548 (p. 299)

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Farnese, Orazio. Roma, August 11, 1548 (p. 301)

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Herold, Johannes. Basel, September 1, 1548 (p. 303)

Spino, Pietro. Bergamo, September 8, 1548 (p. 305)

id. Bergamo, February 7, 1548 (p. 307)

id. Bergamo, February 22, 1550 (p. 308)

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Cara, Francesco. Riva del Garda, April 27, 1549 (p. 312)

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id. Pisa, November 25, 1549 (p. 316)

Petronia, Elisabetta. Pesaro, May 27, 1549 (p. 317)

Feliciano di Civitella del Tronto. Chioggia, May 30, 1549 (p. 318)

Capodiferro, Girolamo. Ravenna, June 8, 1549 (p. 318)

Pigna, Giovanni Battista. Ferrara, July 17, 1549 (p. 320)

id. Ferrara, August 30, 1549 (p. 321)

Lippomani, Giovanni. Verona, July 28 (p. 322)

id. Verona, November 16, 1549 (p. 322)

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Bonamini, Simone. Urbino, October 3, 1549 (p. 328)

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id. Napoli, February 15, 1550 (p. 330)

id. Roma, August 18, 1550 (p. 331)

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id. Roma, [after September, 1549] (p. 333)

Mario, Paolo. Verona, October 28, 1549 (p. 333)

Andrea Aretino frate. Pavia, November 15, 1549 (p. 334)

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Nucci, Ancelica. Arezzo, January 12, 1550 (p. 337)

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id. Bologna, February 21, 1550 (p. 340)

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Pepi, Ruberto. Firenze, February 28, 1550 (p. 343)

Lorraine Vaudémont, Jean de. Ferrara, March 11, 1550 (p. 344)

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Crespulo degli Attenduli, Dario. Ferrara, March 17, 1550 (p. 346)

Casale, Francesco Maria. Roma, April 19, 1550 (p. 347)

Von Truchsess Waldburg, Otto. Trento, March 24,1550 (p. 348)

Pallavicino, Pier Francesco. Padova, March 26 (p. 349)

Orsini, Giovanni Francesco. Roma, April 19, 1550 (p. 349)

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Ciocchi, Baldovino. Roma, May 17, 1550 (p. 352)

id. Roma, December 20, 1550 (p. 353)

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Susio, Giovanni Battista. Roma, May 24, 1550 (p. 355)

Salijs, Domenico de. Roma, May 24, 1550 (p. 356)

id. Roma, July 26, 1550 (p. 357)

Leon, Pietro. Roma, May 24, 1550 (358)

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id. Venezia, July 3, 1550 (p. 362)

id. [Venezia], [before July,1550] (363)

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Benvoglienti, Fabio. Roma, May 18. 1550 (p. 365)

Salijs, Domenico de. Roma, May 31, 1550 (p. 366)

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Orologi, Giuseppe. Roma, June 14, 1550 (p. 368)

id. Rouen, October 13, 1550 (p. 369)

Spina, Bernardino. Milano, June 22, 1550 (p. 370)

Diedo, Giovanni Battista. [Venezia], July 10, 1550 (p. 372)

Cerruto, Antonio. Milano, June 7, 1550 (p. 372)

Cola da Benevento. [Venezia], June 25, 1550 (p. 375)

Spino, Pietro. Milano, August 31, 1550 (p. 375)

Della Corgna, Ascanio. Roma, February 23, 1550 (p. 377)

Betussi, Giuseppe. Torino, September 25, 1550 (p. 378)

Rosello, Lucio Paolo. Venezia, October 3, 1550 (p. 379)

Caggio, Paolo. Palermo, October 10, 1550 (p. 380)

id. Palermo, June 11, 1551 (p. 384)

Benvenuti, Michele. Crema, October 12, 1550 (p. 387)

Costante d'Adda. Milano, October 28, 1550 (p. 389)

Aleotto, Pier Giovanni. Roma, November 23, 1550 (p 389)

Rorario, Gregorio. Udine, November 6, 1550 (p. 390)

Camaiani, Pietro. Roma, November 15, 1550 (p. 391)

Mignanelli, Fabio. Roma, November 22, 1550 (p. 392)

Della Cervara, Monaldo. Padova, December 1, 1550 (p. 393)

Di Cesari, Cesare. Venezia, December 5, 1550 (p. 394)

Bagnai, Giovanni Maria. [Arezzo], December 16, 1550 (p. 397)

Amalteo, Giovanni Battista. Milano, December 19, 1550 (p. 398)

Fascitello, Onorato. Roma, December 20, 1550 (p. 399)

Brusantino, Vincenzo. Ferrara, December 20, 1550 (p. 400)

Putti, Ippolito de. Ferrara, December 24, 1550 (p. 401)

Barbaro, Daniello. London, February 26, 1550 (p. 401)

Griselli, Raffaello. Roma, December 21, 1550 (p. 404)

Vincitello da Collalto. Roma, December 29, 1550 (p. 404)

Falloppia, Francesco. Venezia, December 29, 1550 (p. 406)

Coriolano, Giambattista. Roma, January 6, 1551 (p. 407)

Vincenzo di Poggio. Castello, January 12, 1551 (p. 409)

Boccamazza, Giovanni Angelo. Roma, January 17, 1551 (p. 410)

Brucioli, Antonio. [Venezia], January 20, 1551 (p. 411)

id. [Venezia], January 28, 1551 (p. 411)

Boccarini, Guglielmo. Ancona, January 31, 1551 (p. 412)

Ippolito abate. San Michele di Murano, February 6, 1551 (p. 413)

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id. Lyon, February 19, 1551 (p. 416)

id. Lyon, March 4, 1551 (p. 417)

Preconio, Ottaviano. Venezia, February 19, 1551 (p. 419)

id. [Venezia], April 7, 1551 (p. 422)

id. Trento, July 22, 1551 (p. 423)

Tonino da Bagno. Roma, February 20, 1551 (p. 424)

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Gallo, Antonio. Urbino, March 5, 1551 (p. 426)

Peranda, Giovanni Francesco. Treviso, Apil 9, 1551 (p. 427)

Fracastoro, Girolamo. Verona, April 15, 1551 (p. 429)

Corso, Anton Jacopo. [Venezia], May 17, 1551 (p. 430)

Bidello, Giulio. Padova, April 25, 1551 (p. 431)

Marcolini, Francesco. [Venezia], May 20, 1551 (p. 432)

id. Venezia, September 15, 1551 (p. 436)

Spino, Pietro. Bergamo, May 22, 1551 (p. 438)

Bonca, Simone. Venezia, September 23, 1551 (p. 439)

Carafa, Ferrante. Napoli, May 24, 1551 (p. 439)

Bargiza, Giovanni Andrea. Venezia, August 22, 1551 (p. 441)

Andrea Aretino Frate. Padova, June 4, 1551 (p. 442)

Tagliavia, Pietro. Trento, July 26, 1551 (p. 443)

Scutareno, Rocco. Venezia, July 2, 1551 (p. 444)

Terzo, Francesco. Milano, July 11, 1551 (p. 446)

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Serpa, Carlo. Roma, August 22, 1551 (p. 448)

Della Rovere, Guidobaldo II. Verona, May 28, 1551 (p. 449)

id. Verona, September 4, 1551 (p. 450)

Superchio Leonardi, Isabella. Padova, September 1, 1551 (p. 450)

Mario, Paolo. Verona, September 4, 1551 (p. 451)

Bruno, Giovanni Tommaso. Roma, September 5, 1551 (p. 452)

Francesco Pro[curatore]. Udine, September 15, 1551 (p. 452) (includes a letter from Leonardi, Giovanni Giacomo to Pace, Pompeo)

Perrenot de Granvelle, Antoine. Augsburg, October 26, 1547 (p. 455)

Alvarez de Toledo, Hernandez. Vallaloid, September 8, 1548 (p. 456)

Alvarez de Toledo, Pedro. Pozzuoli, March 22, 1537 (p. 456)

Charles V. Halle, June 15, 1547 (p. 457)

id. Halle, June 15, 1547 (p. 458)

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Diedo, Giovan Battista. Venezia, September 24, 1551 (p. 461)

 

Pietro, the son of Tita Bonci and a cobbler named Luca Del Tura, was born in Arezzo in the momentous year 1492. With typical disregard for propriety, he sometimes claimed to be the bastard of the nobleman Luigi Bacci, who kept his mother as a mistress. In all his publications, however, he adopted the nom d'artiste Pietro Aretino. He received little education and lived, for some years poor and neglected, picking up such straps of information as he could. Still very young he was banished from Arezzo on account of a satirical sonnet which he composed against indulgences. About 1506 he moved to Perugia, where he obtained the protection of Francesco Bontempi. In that town he also got acquainted with many poets and painters, among them Agnolo Firenzuola, who became a partner in his many dissolute adventures. In those years he wrote a collection of poems, Opera nova (Venezia, Zoppino, 1512), his first published work. After a brief stay in Siena, where he was serving Agostino Chigi, he settled in Rome in 1517 and entered the refined court of Leo X. Like his friend Bernardo Accolti, called Unico Aretino, Pietro became soon very popular for his audacity and effrontery that made him both loved for the laugh and sympathy he communicated, and respected for fear of falling victim to his terrible satirical tongue. He was able to become the confidant of politicians and diplomats and close friend of artists and poets. From them he gathered a wealth of anecdotes and secrets, which he used to put himself at the center of Roman social life. Aretino had to flee briefly in 1524 after publishing some sonnets to go with a series of banned engravings by Giulio Romano showing positions adopted in love-making; and once more, this time permanently, in 1525, when the chief target of his pen, Bishop Gian Matteo Giberti - a man Clement could not afford to offend publicly - nearly succeeded in having him assassinated. To the end of the Roman period and the beginning of his stay in Mantua dates back the composition of an unfinished poem on the Gonzaga family, later published under the title Marfisa (1532).

In 1527 Aretino moved to Venice, where he remained for the rest of his life. There he became friend of the painters Jacopo Sansovino and Titian, who made the famous portrait of him later reproduced in many of his editions. In Venice Pietro could count on various protections and therefore live a very lavish and libertine life. He used to send more or less favorable predictions and laudatory or defamatory texts to mighty people all over Europe, according to his sympathies and the benefits he could get from them. They began to fear him and cover him with gifts and titles to enjoy the favor of his pen. In Venice Aretino started also publishing systematically his new writings in association with the typographer Francesco Marcolini: devotional works like I sette salmi de la penitenza di David (1534), Umanità di Cristo (1535), and Vita di Maria Vergine (1540); profane and scandalous texts like the celebrated Ragionamenti (1534-1536); comedies like Il Marescalco (1533), La Cortigiana (1534), L'Ipocrito (1542), La Talanta (1542), and Il Filosofo (1546). His most original creation inaugurated a new literary genre: a series of six books of letters, which were published from 1537 onwards. With these Aretino had achieved perhaps the most monumental act of self-production in early modern history. Though he was explicit in his condemnation of linguistic pedantry, the vigour, colour and inventiveness of his prose is the result of great care, usually well concealed beneath a surface of apparent spontaneity. His letters reveal him as a nimble thinker, a writer capable of expressing a wide range of feeling, a gifted and - for the time - uniquely sympathetic appreciator of the works of his artist friends, among whom Titian was prominent.

In the 1540s he quickly understood that the political and religious climate was rapidly changing. His production became exclusively religious and he began writing tragedies (Horatia, 1546) instead of comedies. Despite this new strategy he could not obtain the cardinal's hat he had aspired for so long. In 1553 he made his last trip to Rome in company of Guidobaldo, Duke of Urbino. In his last years he had to face the criticism of his former friend Anton Francesco Doni, which followed that, even harsher, expressed ten years earlier by Nicolò Franco, another of his former pupils. Aretino died in Venice in 1556. His death was due to apoplexy, but according to popular account, by falling over backward from his chair in a fit of laughter at an obscene story told him by his sister (cf. P. Larivaille, Pietro Aretino, Salerno, 1997, passim).


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