Besides adding to our picture of the philologist and antiquarian, he illuminates several of Alberti's artistic achievements, including his contributions to vanishing-point perspective, symbolic emblems, and camera obscura experiments (the endpapers of the volume include miniatures by Giovanni Bettini da Fano
that exemplify such optical studies).
80) Moreover, to justify a specific instance of just such a change of heart, despite the father's strenuous objections, the influential Rabbi Menahem Azariah da Fano cited Rav's dictum verbatim.
Yet just about this time Menahem Azariah da Fano was writing that "even a grown daughter [bogeret] [might] refuse [me'un] her father's initiative,"(98) and under these circumstances the issue of Speranza's age might have been raised only for the sake of parrying Isaac Zamat's prominence.
For in resting their arguments--their monologues, as it were--on specific halakhic issues, both Isaac Zamat and Speranza's mother Rosa must have been coached--"taught" (melumedet), as Menahem Azariah da Fano put it--by a lawyer.
In the heightened sixteenth-century Jewish awareness of the need to secure the bride's consent, authorities like Menahem Azariah da Fano were seeking by way of me'un to provide an acceptable justification for terminating soured engagements, much in the same way married women might initiate a suit for divorce by saying they spurned their husbands (ma'us).