Antonio Lupis (17th century): an Apprentice among the Academy degli Incogniti in Venice Cover Image

Antonio Lupis (sec. XVII): un apprendista tra gli Incogniti di Venezia
Antonio Lupis (17th century): an Apprentice among the Academy degli Incogniti in Venice

Author(s): Lucinda Spera
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego
Keywords: Antonio Lupis; Giovan Francesco Loredano; biography; Venice

Summary/Abstract: The Academia degli Incogniti (Academy of the “Unknows”) is one of the most significant learned societies of the 17th century in Venice. The society was founded in 1630 by Giovan Francesco Loredano and its influence remained unchanged until mid-17th century, attracting intellectuals from all over the country. Its founder, very well-known because of his links with a group of libertines operating at Padua University, had raised the hopes of a class of freethinking intellectuals with the view of rising to fame through writing. When he died in 1661 (he was about 50 years old), he left unfinished not only his personal project of political advancement but also the political and cultural project carried out by the Academy members. Antonio Lupis was among them and he was also one of the last members. He was born in Molfetta and he was a prolific writer. Essential references to his own life can be easily found in his literary works (both epistolary and narrative works) and in the archives. He was also the author of one of the Giovan Francesco Loredano’s biographies (in 1663). The other one was written in 1662 by Gaudenzio Brunacci, coeval medical doctor and scholar from the Marche region.

  • Issue Year: 12/2012
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 262-270
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Italian