Contile's Ragionamento, composed for the Accademia degli Affidati (Pavia), was published in 1574. This work is valuable both for its former section, theoretical, and for the latter, illustrated and devoted to the interpretation of a series of imprese belonging to noblemen and members of the accademie. It offers a magnificent exemplification of the role that the Italian accademie, whose members were used to conceive and exhibit imprese as distinctive marks, played in the reflection on the imprese, in their circulation outside the courtesan milieu, in keeping alive the fashion of that witty symbolic form.
Main author: Contile, Luca (1505-1574)
Abbr. title: Ragionamento
Pub. place: Pavia
Pub. Date: 1574
Location: Glasgow University Library, Stirling Maxwell Sp Coll S.M. 1609
Facsimiles: fully available
Transcribed texts: partially available
Iconclass encoding: in progress
Translations: in progress
Notes: in progress
Current version: rev. 1
Full title and details
RAGIONAMENTO | DI LUCA CONTILE | SOPRA LA PROPRIETÀ DELLE | IMPRESE CON LE PARTICOLARI | DE GLI ACADEMICI | AFFIDATI | ET CON LE INTERPRETATIONI | ET CRONICHE. | ALLA SAC. CAT. M. DEL RE FILIPPO | IN PAVIA L'ANNO MDLXXIIII
folio, 169 leaves
Essential bibliographical references on this edition
Studies in seventeenth-century imagery, by Mario Praz, Roma, Edizioni di storia e letteratura, 1964 (2nd ed.): p. 307.
French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese books of devices and emblems, 1534-1827: a bibliography, by John Landwehr, Utrecht, Haentjens Dekker & Gumbert, 1976: 233.