Pietro Aretino

Subverting the System in Renaissance Italy
Waddington, Raymond B.
Date published: 
February 2014

The essays gathered together in this volume follow the career of the sixteenth-century courtier-poet Pietro Aretino. The essays consider his first comedy, La Cortigiana; his difficult transition to poligrafo, vernacular writer for the popular press, and his emergence as a satirist in the mid-thirties with the Ragionamenti, the dialogues that branded him a pornographer. Essays also consider Aretino’s lesser-known religious writings, the relationship between Aretino’s visual persona and his persona as a writer, and his continuing influence in visual arts and literature, shown here in studies on Giuseppe Arcimboldo, and Ben Jonson’s Volpone.