World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Oliviero Forzetta

Article Id: WHEBN0028271105
Reproduction Date:

Title: Oliviero Forzetta  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Treviso
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Oliviero Forzetta

Oliviero Forzetta (fl. 1335–1373) was a notary and physician of Treviso from a family of self-confessed usurers. He engaged in money-lending, married into the local aristocracy, and was an avid collector of Roman antiquities of all kinds and drawings, dying a very rich man.[1] He was not himself a scholar. He was actively searching out marbles, bronzes, coins and engraved gems as early as 1335, according to his surviving "wish list".[2] His example was innovative in that he did not acquire objects because they were of rare or unusual materials, but precisely because they were old; the collection was published in a catalogue in 1369, the earliest such catalogue to exist to this day.[3] One of his consistent sources was the workshop of a Venetian painter, Angelo Tedaldo, otherwise virtually unknown.[4] His collections, more typical of the following century than of his own, were dispersed at his death.[5] His Latin library—for he had nothing in the vulgar (Italian) tongue—of at least 136 manuscripts was bequeathed between the Augustinians and Franciscans of Treviso, with the proviso that the books should be made available to secular men as well as well as the brothers. Luciano Gargan[6] has published other contemporaneous libraries of secular individuals, to provide contrast and emphasize the unusual character of Forzetta's reading: classical texts, the Latin Church Fathers and medieval commentaries, as well as numerous twelfth- and thirteenth-century works on science and ethics, and some poetry.


This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.