Baldassare Castiglione

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One of the most important renaissance authors, Baldassare Castiglione (1478)-(1529) is most famous for his book Il Cortegiano (The Courtier). The book is based upon Castiglione's times at the court of Duke Guidobaldo Montefeltro of Urbino. It describes the ideal court and courtier, going into great detail about the philosophical and cultured discussions that occurred at Urbino.