S: Baldassare Castiglione
1: by: Bradley Henry
2: Baldassare Castiglione: Born: December 6, 1478 in Casanatico, Italy near Mantua Died: February 7, 1529 in Toledo, Spain
3: Attached to the court of Guidobaldo Malatesta in 1504 | Was sent by King Henry VII on a mission | Obtained the office of generalissimo of the Papal troops
4: Baldassare Castiglione did not have many pictures
6: Baldassare Castiglione was born in Casanatico, Italy to an ancient family Lombardy that moved there in the time of Lodovico Gonzaga, who was related to Castiglione's mother, Luigia Gonzaga. Castiglione went to work on the Classics and was taught by Merula and Calcondila. | Castiglione's father died and left him to walk in the footsteps of his father and become the head of the noble family. He soon worked on being a representative of the court by accompanying his marquis for the arrival in Milan of Louis XII. He wrote his ecologue Tirsi in 1506 to depict the court of Urbino. | During his time while writing the book he became depressed because of his fathers death the short seven years earlier. He stayed stable long enough to finish his book and act it out but could not go on with it since it reminded him of his father since her started writing right before he died.
7: In the time between writing the book Tirsi and preforming in the plays Castiglione started thinking about going back to learning from his great teachers that taught him while he was studying the Classics.
15: Castiglione went back to his hometown in 1516 and married Ippolita Torelli but was left heartbroken after he sent her two letters with deep sentiment and she died 4 years later while he was in his hometown working as an ambassador for Mantuan Dukes. In 1521, Pope Leo X conceded him the tonsura (first sacerdotal ceremony), and there began Castiglione's ecclesiastical career.
16: There are a few statues made in honor of Castiglione portraying the parts he played in his plays. Since the renaissance started sculptures started looking more realistic as you can see on this statue.
17: While Castiglione stayed in the court of Urbino he wrote a book called The Book Of The Courtier. It changed the renaissance greatly by telling how a courtier should work and what his wife should do to help him. He also stated that the courtier should be of noble birth and should be good at certain sports like tennis, rock throwing, and swimming. He also believed the courtier should be very intelligent in many different areas and should be very witty, pleasant and an aristocrat.
18: Castiglione's made a big impact through his writing on Renaissance behavior. His book made a big impact in the shaping of the Italian Renaissance which soon led to the beginning for other rebirths in other nations.
19: while he was in Urbino, Castiglione discussed love, art, philosophy, and the nature of man. He liked things like singing, dancing, playing games, and listening to music. He had quite a lively spirit.
20: Castiglione became friends with Duke Guidobaldo and also met the Duke's wife and became friends with her. The three spent most of their time together with a few other members of the court. Castiglione also served as a soldier of the Duke for a while when he was in Urbino.