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7 Culture in Lombardy, ca. 1350–1535

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In the mid 14th century the most important event culturally was Francesco Petrarch's long sojourn in Milan: in June 1353 the Tuscan intellectual decided to accept the invitation of the Archbishop and Lord of Milan, Giovanni Visconti, and moved to Milan for eight years, as a guest of the Visconti. For at least two centuries, the figure of Petrarch was seen in Milan and in Lombardy as the pinnacle of local glory in terms of culture. Galvano Fiamma is a useful figure in demonstrating the cultural vivacity of some religious centres. The Certosa of Pavia can be added to the list of patristic writing from 1396 when it was chosen by Gian Galeazzo Visconti as the family mausoleum and where an impressive library was established. The period from 1521 to 1535 represents a time of profound crisis for Milan, and also the end of an epoch, also in cultural terms.

Keywords: Certosa of Pavia; culture in Lombardy; Francesco Petrarch; Galvano Fiamma; Gian Galeazzo Visconti; Giovanni Visconti; Milan



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