Exil und Heimatferne in der Literatur des Humanismus von Petrarca bis zum Anfang des 16. Jahrhunderts / L’esilio e la lontanza dalla patria nella letteratura umanistica dal Petrarca all’inizio del Cinquecento location:Vienna date:18-21 October 2016
In the early 1440’s, when already firmly established at the court of Filippo Maria Visconti in Milan, Francesco Filelfo composed his “Commentationes Florentinae de exilio”. This unfinished consolatory dialogue in three books focuses on the fate of the Florentine oligarchs, especially Palla Strozzi, his son Onofrio, and Rinaldo degli Albizzi, who were forced into exile in 1434, at the return to power of Cosimo de’ Medici. Interlacing their arguments with long philosophical digressions, the participants discuss the unhappy condition of exile and poverty, while trying to define what precisely makes virtuous behaviour. In this paper I will assess the position of Filelfo’s “De exilio” within his oeuvre and illustrate the writing’s relations with its classical and contemporary literary models.