Laureate or Poligrafo?
This chapter considers Ariosto’s literary career from the dual viewpoints of patronage and the press, contrasting his attitudes to his Estensi patrons in script and print, and examining the various strategies used to ironize apparently straightforward eulogy. It analyses the poet’s presentation of his authorial persona in different genres, and the creative implications of writing in the tradition of Ferrarese romance. Particular attention is paid to Arisoto’s relationships with Cardinal Ippolito d’Este, Alfonso I d’Este, and the Emperor Charles V. The literary and social problems occasioned by providing patronage through appointment to offices of state are discussed in relation to Ariosto’s experience as Commissioner for Garfagnana.
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