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Used by Lucretius to describe pleasure, voluptas moves beyond the Epicurean ideal of sensual pleasure to communicate contemplative pleasures. In her essay "Lucretius and the Epicureans," Alison Brown notes that Ficino's treatise De voluptate alludes to the moral dimension in contemplating pleasure (16). The moral foundation given to voluptas through Lucretius' poetry allowed scholars of holy orders to promote an otherwise pagan ideal; for example, Paolo Giustiniani believed voluptas to be "the highest good, but it was to be achieved by the contemplation of God in everyday life," expressing a mindfulness of visual and sensual experience (Campbell 327).

Giorgione's Tempest, Studiolo Culture, and the Renaissance Lucretius by Stephen J. Campbell