Su un sonetto di Ercole Strozzi già attribuito a Baldassar Castiglione
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The sonnet Euro gentil, che gli aurei crespi nodi has been ascribed to Baldassar
Castiglione since the edition printed by Gabriel Giolito, Rime disperse, in 1545. Not long after
Giovan Battista Giraldi Cinzio, in his Discorso intorno al comporre dei romanzi (1554), suggested
Ercole Strozzi (1471-1508) to be the real author of the sonnet. In spite of that, Euro
gentil has been included in Castiglione’s vulgata until modern days. The article investigates the
tradition of the sonnet, which include six MSS witnesses; five of them attribute it to Strozzi. A
new edition of Strozzi’s lyric poems is provided, with new readings from 16th century MSS.
Two previously unknown Strozzi’s sonnets are published from MS. Piacenza, Bibl. Passerini-
Landi, Pallastrelli 230. The double tradition of Euro gentil is reviewed and the text compared
with the rest of Strozzi’s vernacular poetry, showing the most important common features.