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Louise Stolberg’s Florentine Salon and the Coppet Circle: Patronage, Romantic Neoclassicism and the Code of Freedom in Napoleonic Italy
In the search for nationalist symbols, members of Louise Stolberg’s Florentine salon looked backward to nationalist histories and literature. The histories of the Italian Renaissance and Ancient Rome were emphasized as they contained the nascent germ of republicanism and democracy. The politicization of art and literature was thus implicit in the worship of the cult of liberty and freedom. During the Napoleonic occupation of Italy, the neoclassical strictures of academic formalism yielded to personal creative freedom in the subsequent movement of romanticism, but the result was same. Romantic impulses towards creativity and freedom were also translated into egalitarian impulses of national unity and democracy. Stolberg directly patronized Italy’s greatest authors and artists of the Napoleonic era who espoused a revolutionary rhetoric including, Vittorio Alfieri, Ugo Foscolo, François Xavier Fabre and Antonio Canova.
Stolberg’s political analysis within the epistolary genre was always accompanied by such neoclassical literary and aesthetic references which encoded political events with nationalist literary metaphors. Indeed,Germaine de Staël’s salon in Coppet, Switzerland including the authors J.C.L. Sismondi and Charles Bonstetten, with whom Stolberg was associated, seems to have drawn up a cultural paradigm, or template, for nationalist independence -- in the context of the Napoleonic Wars -- which created an “imagined community” of future Italian patriots. As cultural anthropologists, they were at the same time political trespassers whose revolutionary activities constituted treason. Stolberg’s circle projected the contemporary political drama of transfers of power onto the plots of biblical and classical tragedies. She patronized those authors and artists who drew upon an accepted literary canon of plots which emphasize the overthrow of tyrants by the people.
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