Emanuele Tesauro

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Frontispice of the 1670 edition of Cannocchiale aristotelico by Emanuele Tesauro (1592-1675).

Emanuele Tesauro (1592–1675) was a rhetorician, dramatist, Marinist poet, and historian from Turin.

His Il Cannocchiale Aristotelico, originally published in 1654, is a work on tropes, literally the oxymoronic "Aristotelian telescope". Its main concern is the invention and wit of ingenious metaphors.[1] It has been called "one of the most important statements of poetics in seventeenth-century Europe".[2] Metaphor he calls the "Great Mother of All Witticisms". In Umberto Eco's The Island of the Day Before, these themes are self-consciously taken up, through the character Padre Emanuele and his metaphor-machine.[3]

Partial bibliography[edit]


  1. ^ George Alexander Kennedy, The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism (1989), p. 448.
  2. ^ Jon R. Snyder,Mare Magnum: the arts in the early modern age, p. 162, in John A. Marino, editor, Early modern Italy (2002).
  3. ^ Cristina Farronato, Eco's Chaosmos: From the Middle Ages to Postmodernity (2003), p. 26.