Accademia Pontaniana was the first academy in the modern sense, as
a learned society for scholars and humanists and guided by a formal
statute. Patronized by Alfonso V of Aragon, it was founded by the
poet Antonio Beccadelli in
Naples during the revival of classical
learning and later led by
Giovanni Pontano who gave it a more official
character to the meetings.
3 Prizes awarded by the Academy
3.1 Tenore prize
3.1.1 Former prize winners
3.2 Cavolini–De Mellis prize
4 Notable members
7 External links
The Accademia Antoniana as it was first called, was founded in 1458,
but its origins dates back to 1443 in an academic circle around the
Neapolitan scholar and poet Antonio Beccadelli. This circle met
informally in the
Castel Nuovo of Alfonso V of Aragon. After the death
of Beccadelli in 1471 these meetings were overseen by Giovanni
Pontano, hence the name Accademia Pontaniana.
During its centuries-old history, the Academy was closed twice. The
first closure was in 1542 by the Spanish viceroy of
Álvarez de Toledo, Marquis of Villafranca, as part of his harsh
policy of "spagnolizzazione" ("Spanish-ization"). Revived in December
1808, was officially recognized by Royal Decree as an academy in 1825,
it was again suppressed by the Fascist government in 1934 and its
library burned in 1943. The Academy was restored by decree on February
Benedetto Croce was the President of the Academy from 1917 to 1923.
Today's the activities of the
Accademia Pontaniana includes meetings,
reports and competitions. It has five divisions:
Pure and Applied Mathematics
Science and Morals
History, Archeology and Philology
Literature and Fine Arts
Each class is composed of 20 regular members resident in Naples, 10
ordinary members and 20 foreign corresponding members.
The Academy publishes a series of publications, including the "Atti
dell'Accademia Pontaniana", as well as the annual "Quaderni della
Prizes awarded by the Academy
The "Premio Tenore" was founded by
Michele Tenore in 1853: on the
session of the 26th of June 1955 the Academy resolved to honor him by
continuing to award it, establishing the rules to be followed for the
awarding. It is reserved only to Italian citizens: however,
ordinary resident members are excluded from the competition. The prize
is awarded every five years, by one of the five divisions in turn, to
the author of a work on a topic chosen freely by the division: if
the prize is not awarded when due, it can be awarded the following
year by the same class.
Former prize winners
Francesco Tricomi (1923)
Mauro Picone (1927)
Federico Cafiero (1953)
Cavolini–De Mellis prize
The "Premio Cavolini–De Mellis" was established in execution of a
testament legacy of
Baron Vincenzo De Mellis: the prize is named after
an ancestor of
Baron De Mellis, the naturalist Filippo Cavolini.
Federico Cafiero, mathematician.
Benedetto Croce, philosopher and former president.
Michele Tenore, botanist and former president.
^ According to the "Accademia" entry of the
Enciclopedia Treccani and
to Bergin & Speake (2004, entry "Academies", p. 2).
^ (Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana 2005b, entry "Accademia
^ "Classi", as it is customary to call them in Italian academies
Accademia Pontaniana 2015, pp. 159 and 206).
^ a b c (
Accademia Pontaniana 2015, p. 119).
^ a b (
Accademia Pontaniana 2015, p. 122).
Accademia Pontaniana 2015, p. 123).
Accademia Pontaniana 2015, p. 125).
Accademia Pontaniana (2015), Annuario della
Accademia Pontaniana 2015
(DLXXIII dalla fondazione) (PDF) (in Italian), Napoli: Nella Sede
dell'Accademia, p. 180 . The "Yearbook 2015" of the
Accademia Pontaniana, published by the Academy itself and describing
its past and present hierarchies and its activities. It also gives
some notes on its history, the full list of its members and other
Bergin, Thomas Goddard; Speake, Jennifer, eds. (2004) ,
Encyclopedia of the Renaissance and the Reformation (Revised ed.), New
York: Facts on File, pp. x+550, ISBN 978-1-4381-1026-4
Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana (2005), "Accademia", Enciclopedia
Treccani, Enciclopedia (in Italian), retrieved 8 March 2015 . The
entry "Academy" in the general encyclopedic section of the
Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana (2005b), "Accademia Antoniana",
Enciclopedia Treccani, Enciclopedia (in Italian), retrieved 8 March
2015 . The entry on the "Antonian Academy", as it was formerly
called the Accademia Pontaniana, in the general encyclopedic section
of the Enciclopedia Treccani.
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