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Federigo Nomi, the Works


"Right willingly I have toiled to enhance
The fame of these two towns,
For I am from an ancient family of Borgo
Yet was born of my mother’s womb in Anghiari
And they have vied for my love, one as my homeland
The other as my friend, and their kind folk
Have shown and still show me such affection
That I am forced to love them equally”  


Thus Federigo Nomi (Anghiari, 31 January 1633 – Monterchi, 30 September 1705), who was ordained a priest in 1656, tells us what prompted him to compose the Catorcio di Anghiari (1683–5), a comic-heroic poem published posthumously in the 19th century but unquestionably his best known work to date. The tale, in octave, of the ‘dispute of the bolt’ between the inhabitants of Anghiari and Borgo, based on an event which took place in 1450 as a local result of the Battle of Anghiari (29 June 1440), preceded the composition of Buda liberata, printed in Venice in 1703 and inspired by the imperial army’scapture of Budapest from the occupying Ottoman forces in 1686, a event that made a major impression on the society of his day. While it may be a coincidence that this fertile writer’s greatest and best-known works were directly inspired by military matters, in this instance they illustrate his keen interest in both the history of his ownr egion and current events, thus in his Catorcio di Anghiari he shows no hesitation in paying tribute to figures who actually existed: 


“Ottavio Giusti, setting aside codices
And digests, donned his armour
And Nicandro Fontana and Cammil Testi
Rushed forward, armed with studded mace,
But Girolamo Magi, more than they,
Unarmed, toiled in defence of the square
Erect on a board, heir to the wisdom
Of Frontinus and Archimedes”


On display