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53. Genare: Pietro di Genari, Sigismundo's chancellor. 54. Albert: Leon Battista Alberti, 1404· 1472, the architect of the Tempio. He was one of the universal men of the century: inventor, astronomer, athlete, poet, sculptor, painter, and Latinist, but best known as an architect. He was a Florentine and Sigis· mundo is thought to have met him in Flo· rence in 1435. Alberti was under the patron· age of Pope Nicholas V and it was through the pope that Sigismundo was able to obtain Alberti's services.
S. three men: Carlo Gonzago, Ghiberto da Correggio, and Sigismundo, officers in command of the three armies serving the Sienese [9:48]. themselves followed exclusively mercantile interests. But they were always careful to stipulate that no condottiere should ever en· ter Venice with his troops. The condottieri were of course little interested in bringing any armed conflict to a speedy conclusion and Carmagnola, who had been procrastinat· ing like Sigismundo at Sorano, was therefore suspected by the Venetians of having been bribed by the Visconti.
20_ Sub annulo ... : ML, "Under the seal of . the pope, the palace and council chamber, once of the Malatesta... " The "z" sound and the elided "II" are supposed to reproduce Sigismundo's Romagnole accent. The inscription OLiM DE MALTESTIS ["once of the Lords Mala testa"] in the "long room over the arches" at Fano is frequently cited by Pound [30/149; 76/462; 80/501; 83/529]. The beautiful columns of Cesena are those of the Hospital of the Holy Cross built by Novello, who also built the magnificent library.
A Companion to The Cantos of Ezra Pound: Vol. I (Cantos 1-71) by Carroll F. Terrell