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Momus by Leon Battista Alberti

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In this dark comedy, written around 1450, Alberti charts the lively fortunes of his anti-hero Momus, the unscrupulous and vitriolic god of criticism. Alberti deploys his singular erudition and wit to satirize subjects from court life and politics to philosophy and intellectuals, from grand architectural designs to human and divine folly. The possible contemporary resonance of Alberti's satire - read variously as a humanist roman-à-clef and as a veiled mockery of the mid-Quattrocento papacy - is among its most intriguing aspects.

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