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The Accademia Degli Alterati And Civic Virtue

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The Accademia degli Alterati was founded in Florence on 17 February 1569 by seven young Florentines of patrician stock. According to Gerald Schröder, Bocchi viewed art as linked with the 'common good' and as an exhortation to citizens to act in a morally just way. Views such as these, almost make one think of modern, twentieth-century notions of art as a social agent. Be that as it may, it is clear that in these views a clear distance was taken from the Neoplatonic idea of divinely inspired art, of the furor divinus which in courtly circles kept being en vogue. For all the emphasis hitherto placed in this chapter on the urban and civic character of the ideal the Alterati were pursuing, it cannot of course be denied that this academy was an outspokenly oligarchic, elitist enterprise.

Keywords: Accademia degli Alterati; Neoplatonic idea



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