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The Scarith of Scornello: A Tale of Renaissance Forgery

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  30 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
A precocious teenager, bored with life at his family's Tuscan villa Scornello, Curzio Inghirami staged perhaps the most outlandish prank of the seventeenth century. Born in the age of Galileo to an illustrious family with ties to the Medici, and thus an educated and privileged young man, Curzio concocted a wild scheme that would in the end catch the attention of the Vatica ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published December 31st 2004 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 2004)
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Melissa McCauley
I love tales of the bizarre, especially bizarre history or archaeology - so I surprised by how bored I was with this book. I found myself skimming great numbers of pages of errata or background information, and I just kept hoping the author would get to the meat of the story.

Fans of detailed descriptions of 17th century Italian society are probably cursing my ancestry now (that’s ok, I curse them all the time). Just too much academic historical arcana for me - it seemed like this story could ha
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Kate
I wanted to like this book - it seemed to offer everything I liked: historical drama, a clever hoax, and according to the reviews, a compelling writing style.

I was bored with it. If it had been more than 155 pages, I wouldn't have finished at all.
Gina
May 31, 2009 Gina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An archaeological and art historical whodunnit.
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Ingrid Drake Rowland is a professor at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books. Based in Rome, Rowland writes about Italian art, architecture, history and many other topics for The New York Review of Books. She is the author of the books Giordano Bruno: Philospher/Heretic (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2008); The Place of the ...more
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