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By Robert Black

This can be the 1st biography of 1 of the exceptional humanists of the fifteenth-century Renaissance. Benedetto Accolti's pursuits ranged from rhetoric, humanism and Italian poetry to Roman legislations, from historic concept and medieval antiquarianism to the crusades and church background, and his paintings as a student, writer and historian is positioned in a large context stretching from antiquity to the eighteenth century. The highbrow, political and fiscal milieu of Accolti's local urban of Arezzo, missed in smooth scholarship, is explored, and the significance of Accolti's profession as chancellor of Florence, his position in bringing the hot studying to the chancery and his paintings as an administrative reformer are well-known for the 1st time. Florence's reaction to the Turkish threat and contribution to papal crusading efforts are reinterpreted, and new information about Accolti's connections with best Florentine patricians is dropped at gentle.

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