Alberto Arbasino. Anthology curated by Alberto Arbasino with texts by Carlo Ranzo, Tommano Alberti, Michele Benvenga, Cornelio Magni, Pietro della Valle, lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Giuseppe Gorani, Giovanni Battista Casti, Angelo Anelli, Felice Romani, Carlo Porta, H.C.B. von Moltke, Gérard de Nerval, Téophile Gautier, G.F. Ceresa di Bonvillaret, Edmondo de Amicis, Antonio Stoppani, Victor Bérard, Geremia Bonomelli, Pierre Loti, Maurice Barrès
1971 / 204 PAGES
A 16th-century portrait of the Turkish people, perceived as exotic, distant, “other”, in the eyes of the Austrian ambassador. Miniatures and writings by travellers coexist in this journey expertly guided by Alberto Arbasino.
The parades, characters, and scenes that were the life of Istanbul streets at the end of the 16th century make up the Codex Vindobonensis 8626, which Bartolemeo von Pezzen, the Emperor of Austria's ambassador to Constantinople from 1586 to 1591, wanted to create so as to describe Turkish garments and traditions to Emperor Rudolph II. These marvellous illuminated images, which populate the illustrated volume that long belonged to the emperors of Austria and is currently in the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek in Vienna, are accompanied by a text by Alberto Arbasino and an anthology by travellers, which he edited.