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Ferrante Pallavicino’s La Retorica Delle Puttane (1642): Blasphemy, Heresy, and Alleged Pornography

  • Letizia Panizza
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Cultural and Intellectual History book series (CIH)

Abstract

Ferrante Pallavicino (1615–1644), son of an aristocratic Parma family, rose quickly to become the favored secretary of the Venetian senator and patron, Gian Francesco Loredan, founder of the trail-blazing Accademia degli Incogniti that flourished from approximately 1630— 1660. Pallavicino wrote prolifically defending Venetian political and cultural interests. His satires were notoriously libertine and antipapal, and he opposed the censorship of the press, until his untimely death in papal Avignon on the orders of Maffeo Barberini, Pope Urban VIII. The charge was blasphemy. Several of his works were seen to deserve this accusation, including the above Retorica delle puttane (Whore’s Rhetoric), also denounced as “spurcissima” (“absolutely filthy”) by the Papal Nuncio in Venice, Monsignor Francesco Vitelli.

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