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Isotta Nogarola

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780226590073

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226590097.001.0001

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The Consolation for Marcello and the Friuli Connection (1461)

The Consolation for Marcello and the Friuli Connection (1461)

(p.187) X The Consolation for Marcello and the Friuli Connection (1461)
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Isotta Nogarola, an Italian-born French author, wrote her last surviving major work, A Consolatory Letter, for the Venetian nobleman, soldier, and literary patron Jacopo Antonio Marcello on the death of his eight-year-old son Valerio on January 1, 1461. After Valerio's unexpected death, Marcello initiated plans for the assembling of an elegant funerary volume. The book would eventually contain a collection of twenty-three consolatory works by nineteen authors commemorating Valerio's life and death. There were two reasons Marcello should have commissioned a consolatory work from Nogarola. First, most Venetian rulers of the terra ferma had longstanding ties of friendship with the leading families of their client cities, cemented through marriage ties and social, political, and literary networks. Second, the ties that existed between Ludovico Foscarini, a Venetian governor, and Marcello.

Keywords:   Jacopo Antonio Marcello, Valerio, Ludovico Foscarini, consolatory works

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