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The SpreZzatura

  • Posted on: 17 January 2016
  • By: anasbachar

[sprettsaˈtuːra]: An Italian word coined by Baldassare Castiglione in The Book of the Courtier (1528)
"To practice in all things a certain Sprezzatura [nonchalance], so as to conceal all art and make whatever is done or said appear to be without effort and almost without any thought about it."

The Appearance of Effortless Mastery;
"Whether they have designed clothes, written poetry, composed operas, built public squares, painted for popes, hewn marble, or sailed the fathomless seas, many Italians of genius have placed a premium on achieving an appearance of effortless mastery, or sprezzatura, that is attained only by costly, concentrated effort and unremitting labor.
Peter D'Epiro and Mary Desmond Pinkowish, Sprezzatura: 50 Ways Italian Genius Shaped the World. Random House, 2001