The publication, in 1635, of Il ritratto del privato politico cristiano by Virgilio Malvezzi, soon translated throughout Europe, constitutes an important reflection on the change that took place in the structure of politics with the affirmation of the valimiento system. The essay reconstructs the intellectual parable that will lead the Bolognese marquis to elaborate the essay, trying to highlight the specific contribution of Malvezzi to the understanding of the figure of the minister-favorite. The previous works are examined (Discorsi sopra Cornelio Tacito, 1622; Romulo, 1629; Tarquinio il Superbo, 1632; Davide perseguitato, 1634) and their strong realistic charge that tries to overcome the abstract precepts of the specula principis to probe –through the story of the lives of rulers– the limits of their action. It is this path, marked by the dialectic with the tacitism and the neo-stoic perspective, that allows Malvezzi to reason very perceptively on the figure of the Count-Duke. The text is not an abstract delineation of Olivares’ virtues but an unscrupulous reflection on the meaning of prudence and the domination of passions in a context dominated by the struggle for power.

Costruire la figura del valido: il Ritratto di Virgilio Malvezzi

Francesco Benigno
2020-01-01

Abstract

The publication, in 1635, of Il ritratto del privato politico cristiano by Virgilio Malvezzi, soon translated throughout Europe, constitutes an important reflection on the change that took place in the structure of politics with the affirmation of the valimiento system. The essay reconstructs the intellectual parable that will lead the Bolognese marquis to elaborate the essay, trying to highlight the specific contribution of Malvezzi to the understanding of the figure of the minister-favorite. The previous works are examined (Discorsi sopra Cornelio Tacito, 1622; Romulo, 1629; Tarquinio il Superbo, 1632; Davide perseguitato, 1634) and their strong realistic charge that tries to overcome the abstract precepts of the specula principis to probe –through the story of the lives of rulers– the limits of their action. It is this path, marked by the dialectic with the tacitism and the neo-stoic perspective, that allows Malvezzi to reason very perceptively on the figure of the Count-Duke. The text is not an abstract delineation of Olivares’ virtues but an unscrupulous reflection on the meaning of prudence and the domination of passions in a context dominated by the struggle for power.
Settore M-STO/02 - Storia Moderna
Valimiento; Sovereignty; Tyranny; Political Biography; Neostoicism
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