From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Sprezzatura, is a term that originates from Castiglione's The Book of the Courtier. It is defined as “a certain nonchalance, so as to conceal all art and make whatever one does or says appear to be without effort and almost without any thought about it.” That is to say, it is the ability of the courtier to display an easy facility in accomplishing difficult actions which hides the conscious effort that went into them. Sprezzatura has also been described as a form of defensive irony: the ability to disguise what one really desires, feels, thinks, and means or intends behind a mask of apparent reticence and nonchalance.
- Glamour, which sprezzatura is said to be necessary to achieve
- The Marriage of the Virgin (Raphael)
- Marriage of the Virgin (Perugino)