Not empty silence : the age of dissimulation -- Taking one's distance : civil and moral dissimulation -- Confidence games : dissimulation at court -- The government of designs : dissimulation and reason of state -- The writing on the walls .
International congress organized by Fondazione Centro studi L.B. Alberti and Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University center for Italian Renaissance Studies. Held in Firenze, Rimini, Mantova, 12-16 ottobre 2004.
A Socratic dialogue set in the court of King Mattias Corvinus of Hungary (the book was written ca. 1490), the work depicts a debate between the king himself and a Florentine merchant. This is the first critical edition and the first translation into any language. --publisher's description.
Retrospection and modernity -- Orders of reform -- Vision and icon -- Returning towards the source -- Legacy of the Renaissance and the contemporary cult image -- Quest for vaghezza -- What's in a word: vaghezza in the language of criticism -- Figures of vaghezza -- Other vaghezze: painting the loveliness of the world -- Colors of vaghezza: ornament, desire, and spiritual fervor in Barocci's coloring -- Ut pictura musica.