Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola Essay

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Giovanni Pico della Mirandola was an Italian humanist, philosopher, scholar, Neo-Platonist and writer whose main passion was the reconciliation of philosophy and religion. Giovanni Pico della Mirandola was born on the 24th of February 1463 to a wealthy and illustrious family and died on the 17th of November 1494. Being the youngest son of three boys, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola was mostly outlived by his elder brothers who took on presumably significant roles; his brother Antonio became an imperial army general while Galeotto 1 continued their father’s dynasty. Leaving behind his share of ancestral wealth and principality, he went on to become one of the world’s respected writers after fully devoting himself to studying theology and philosophy (Mirandola, Mirandola, Rigg and More, 1890). This essay discusses the life of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola; his strive towards success and contributions to the Italian renaissance.
Prince Giovanni Pico della Mirandola was born in a family of three boys whose father Francesco 1, was the lord of Mirandola and Concordia count from 1415 -1467 and their mother Giulia, was the daughter of Boiardo Feltrino of count di Scandiano. Mirandola, a small territory west of Ferrara had gained independence in the 14th century and handed over by the Concordian Emperor Sigismund the fief in 1414. The family for long time lived in the Mirandola castle also known as Duchy of Modena. His two older brothers Antonio and Galeotto 1 were much older than him. Antonio, born in 1444 became an imperial army general and died in 1501 while Galeotto 1(1442) continued their father’s dynasty and died in 1499. The Pico family successfully reigned as dukes until Mirandola was conquered in 1708 by Roman emperor Joseph 1.

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...nd architecture now depended on individual imaginations and talent and not necessarily the designs approved by the dominant church. The influence that Giovanni Pico della Mirandola had on Reuchlin and the manifestation of a truly earnest mind in the circle of brilliant half Christian scholars of the Florentine renaissance sets him aside as one of the most interesting philosophers (Craven, 1981). Remarkably, three years before his death, he gave up his share of ancestral principality and all he had after completing some of his literary plans to wander through the world teaching about Christ barefoot.
Giovanni Pico della Mirandola died in Florence on the 17th of November 1494 due to what we know now was arsenic poisoning; his friend Poliziano Angelo was by his side. Savonarola delivered the funeral speech for Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (Mirandola et al., 1890).
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