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As for me, one who does not care for honor or fear shame and does not act with prudence and intelligence does not live well. 7 (below) The studiolo of Federico da Montefeltro in the Palazzo Ducale, Urbino, Italy, 1476. In the panels that line the walls of the study, the illusion of real books, scientific devices, musical instruments, and military equipment—objects related to Federico’s intellectual and civic accomplishments—was created by way of intarsia (inlaid wood), a technique perfected in Renaissance Florence.

But when this work was done, the Divine Artificer still longed for some creature which might comprehend the meaning of so vast an achievement, which might be moved with love at its beauty and smitten with awe at its grandeur. When, consequently, all else had been completed, . . in the very last place, He bethought Himself of bringing forth man. Truth was, however, that there remained no archetype according to which He might fashion a new offspring, nor in His treasure-houses the wherewithal to endow a new son with a fitting inheritance, nor any place, among the seats of the universe, where this new creature might dispose himself to contemplate the world.

And yet he also stays, very willingly, with me; a dear friend, to whom I give the credit of being almost the only man of letters for whose sake I would go to the length of spending my time, when Petrarch: “Father of Humanism” TJ123-8-2009 LK VWD0011 Tradition Humanistic 6th Edition W:220mm x H:292mm 175L 115 Stora Enso M/A Magenta (V) 24 The most famous of the early Florentine humanists was the poet and scholar Francesco Petrarch (1304–1374). Often called the “father of humanism,” Petrarch devoted his life to the recovery, copying, and editing of Latin manuscripts.

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