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A witty, erudite celebration of fifty great Italian cultural achievements that have significantly influenced Western civilization from the authors of What Are the Seven Wonders of the World? a€œSprezzatura, a€ or the art of effortless mastery, was coined in 1528 by Baldassare Castiglione in The Book of the Courtier. No one has demonstrated effortless mastery throughout history quite like the Italians. From the Roman calendar and the creator of the modern orchestra (Claudio Monteverdi) to the beginnings of ballet and the creator of modern political science (NiccolA² Machiavelli), Sprezzatura highlights fifty great Italian cultural achievements in a series of fifty information-packed essays in chronological order. From the Trade Paperback edition.An unforgettable scene in the 1992 film Scent of a Woman features Al Pacinoa#39;s blind character taking a red Mondial ... More than a thousand a€œF-carsaquot; proudly gathered in Monterey in 1994 for a Ferrari ownersa#39; club meeting and assorted racinganbsp;...

Author: Peter D'Epiro, Mary Desmond Pinkowish
Publisher:Anchor - 2007-12-18

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