Journal title STORIA IN LOMBARDIA
Author/s Remo L. Guidi
Publishing Year 2022 Issue 2022/2 Language Italian
Pages 52 P. 5-56 File size 366 KB
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Platina’s De honesta voluptate et valitudine, dedicated to Cardinal Bartolomeo Roverella, is nothing but a recipe-book for a menu with a precise target audience that we can indentify as experts in gastronomy in so far as they delight in linguistic experimentations or the study of the evolution of customs and forms of partying. Thus the author at the start of his book is sure that he is going to encounter a series of hostile reactions that have little to do with his project and that those opposing him will be the guardians of Orthodoxy, in other words, the mendicants. They, in fact, will find his preoccupation for the buona tavola incompatible with their moral teaching since insofar as the doctrine of buona tavola satisfies the senses and promotes pleasure, they will consider it an occasion for sin. Platina, however, not only publishes the book, but also dedicates it to a cardinal; and this could be on his part (and indi- rectly also on the part of the prelate) a provocation in order to place himself in opposition to an improper interpretation of life in the name of Christianity that is arbitrarily not only re- strictive, but also punitive. This article will investigate the matter in depth in order to make clear the motives involved and their justifications.
Keywords: Platina, Humanism, history of food, Quattrocento, mendicant friars, Bartolomeo Roverella.
Remo L. Guidi, I troppi non detti nel De honesta voluptate et valitudine del Platina in "STORIA IN LOMBARDIA" 2/2022, pp 5-56, DOI: 10.3280/SIL2022-002001