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The Poet's OdysseyJoachim Du Bellay and the Antiquitez de Rome$
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George Hugo Tucker

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198158653

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158653.001.0001

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Roman Texts and Contexts: Vitalis’ Portrait Gallery Rediscovered

Roman Texts and Contexts: Vitalis’ Portrait Gallery Rediscovered

(p.105) 3 Roman Texts and Contexts: Vitalis’ Portrait Gallery Rediscovered
The Poet's Odyssey

George Hugo Tucker

Oxford University Press

While at Rome in June 1553, Cardinal Jean Du Bellay and his private secretary Joachim were able to look into a praeco's or a herald's poetic invitation from neo-Latin poet Janus Vitalis of Palermo. Since this invitation was addressed both to the Roman citizens and to the foreigners who were then visiting Rome, it expresses how the addressees were encouraged to ‘enter’ Vitalis' poetic portrait gallery — Sacrosanctae Romanae Ecclesiae Elogia — in order for them to be able to observe a collection of Cardinals and see how these portraits are divided into three different categories that entail rank — ‘Episcopi’, ‘Presbiteri’, and ‘Diacones’. This collection generally celebrates the greatness of a French prelate as a poet, patron, aristocrat, and statesman.

Keywords:   herald, poetic invitation, Cardinals, portraits, Vitalis, portrait gallery, Sacrosanctae Romanae Ecclesiae Elogia, Diacones, Episcopi, Presbiteri

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