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 (măn′cho͞o-ə, -to͞o-ə)
A woman's garment of the 1600s and 1700s consisting of a bodice and full skirt cut from a single length of fabric, with the skirt designed to part in front to reveal a contrasting underskirt.

[Alteration (influenced by Mantua) of manteau.]


 (măn′cho͞o-ə, -to͞o-ə)
A city of northern Italy south-southwest of Verona. Originally an Etruscan settlement, it is noted as the birthplace of the Roman poet Virgil (70 bc).

Man′tu·an adj. & n.
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Open thy Maeonian and thy Mantuan coffers, with whatever else includes thy philosophic, thy poetic, and thy historical treasures, whether with Greek or Roman characters thou hast chosen to inscribe the ponderous chests: give me a while that key to all thy treasures, which to thy Warburton thou hast entrusted.
You would deal with them more harshly and cruelly than their owner himself," said Vivaldo, "for it is neither right nor proper to do the will of one who enjoins what is wholly unreasonable; it would not have been reasonable in Augustus Caesar had he permitted the directions left by the divine Mantuan in his will to be carried into effect.
Vividly showing the corruption and decadence of the Mantuan court, this is still a feast of superb singing and glorious music.
Contract notice: Educational management service of the "teresa chizzoni" childhood school, with its "spring section" and "the smile of children" of the Mantuan marian.
The Thirty Years' War, Hanlon contends, has not been studied adequately from an Italian perspective--the region has usually been seen as a mere sideshow to the main theaters of war--though it might be worth adding that there are admirable studies of the 1628-1631 Mantuan Succession War, to which he refers.
The Mantuan Wars of 1628-31, brought about by the deaths of the Dukes of Mantua without legitimate heirs, was one of the final chapters of the century-old confrontation between Spain and France for the control of the Italian territories.
THE FLASHING BLADE BBC One, 1969 & re-runs in the 1970s OK, quick question: who in their right mind thought a 12-part, badly-dubbed programme about the War of the Mantuan Succession between France and Spain in the late 17th century would make good viewing for seven-year-olds?
1420-1484), a dancer and dance theorist, and Salomon Rossi (1570-1630), member of the Mantuan court orchestra, whose music has been studied so far mostly by non-Italian scholars (Harran, 1987, 1999; Seroussi, 2004).
2) By emphasizing these functional aspects, scholars have followed De' Sommi's lead, taking him at his word when he writes in the introductory letter to his readers that he composed the Dialoghi "piu per [suo] particular comodo che per desiderio di laude," and that his "principale intento" was to compose a sort of director's notebook, "[per se] stesso piu che [per] altri," containing a summary of "quei piu importanti precetti et quegli awertimenti piu neccessarii--di che io ho bisogno servirmi moltissime volte", as a playwright, costume designer, and theater director at the Mantuan court (QD 5).
Drimmer writes, "in 1507 the Mantuan friar Filippo Alberici journeyed to England, via Paris, in search of a literary patron"; Sonja Drimmer, "111: Filippo Alberici (?
Castiglione served at Leo's court from 1513-16 as an envoy for the Duke of Urbino, returning in 1519 as Mantuan ambassador; in the interim he was writing his text.
So, that Mantuan came first or that Alamanni was a successful contemporary was of minor importance when compared with the chief Renaissance concern of translatio studii, the geographic and temporal transfer of knowledge from one place to another.