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    Cool Italian heroics

    Can you explain to me what does "Italian heroics" mean? Definition for heroics, which seems ambiguous is main doubt.

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    Re: Italian heroics

    Is it possible to give the context?

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    Cool Re: Italian heroics

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Is it possible to give the context?
    Still keeping with Rembrandt.

    Context:

    "He paints old people, the girl next door, he doesn't hide anything, and he's interested in a certain amount of Italian heroics."

    For me, Italian heroics seems to be referring to heroic deeds made by Italian people, or epic verses, but I don't quite see the connection with Rembrandt whatever be any of them.

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    Re: Italian heroics

    The author is using it to refer to the growing Baroque / Mannerist school of Italian painting, with lots of extravagant gestures and action, contrasting strongly with the reserved and cooler works of the Northern schools.

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    Re: Italian heroics

    heroics is usually used in a disapproving way for any actions (possibly risky or foolish)
    taken to make other people admire you

    this hasn't got a thing to do with the text in question, but "Italian heroics" in certain parts of Europe was generally used as a euphemism for a character trait (any Italians present: do not drop by for a friendly visit!) generally attributed to Italian people up to the middle of the last century ,namely that of being a bunch of cowards
    no offence meant
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