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academic drama

academic drama  

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A dramatic tradition which arose from the Renaissance, in which the works of Plautus, Terence, and other ancient dramatists were performed in schools and colleges, at first in Latin but later also in ...
Accademia Romana

Accademia Romana  

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Under the leadership of Giulio Pomponio Leto, a group of humanists living in Rome and mostly connected to the papal curia held informal discussions of classical literature, went on archaeological ...
Acciaiuoli

Acciaiuoli  

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Leading Florentine mercantile and banking family during the 14th and 15th c., who assumed a major role in the republic's political life, beginning with the support of the signoria of ...
Agostino Dati

Agostino Dati  

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(1420–78).After a humanist education, he worked as a teacher, opening a school of rhetoric in Siena, and becoming the official orator of the Republic. He was a prolific writer on philosophical, ...
Agostino Ricchi

Agostino Ricchi  

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(1512–64)made a career in medicine; but as a student in Bologna he produced the stage comedy I tre tiranni, which was performed before both Pope and Emperor in 1530. ...
Alamanno Zanobi Rinuccini

Alamanno Zanobi Rinuccini  

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(1426–99).Humanist and member of a Florentine family first prominent in the 14th c. He himself gained a second-rank political position under Cosimo de' Medici. Siding with the anti-Mediceans in ...
Albertino Mussato

Albertino Mussato  

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(1261–1329).The best known of the Paduan circle of pre-humanist scholars and a friend and pupil of Lovato Lovati. He was a notary, and played an active role in the ...
Aldo Manuzio

Aldo Manuzio  

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(c. 1452–1515)was one of the most influential figures in the early history of printing, and his creative innovations have left a permanent mark on printing and publishing. Born in ...
Alessandro Piccolomini

Alessandro Piccolomini  

(1508–78),Italian humanist, poet, and dramatist. He was born in Siena and became a teacher of philosophy in Padua (from 1539) and Rome (1546–58). In 1574 he was appointed archbishop ...
Altichiero

Altichiero  

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(active 1370s and 1380s).Italian painter. He was the outstanding north Italian painter of the 14th century, but little is known of his life. He probably came from Zevio near Verona and is sometimes ...
Ambrogio Traversari

Ambrogio Traversari  

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(1386–1439)Among the great Italian Humanists of the Quattrocento, a particular place belongs to Ambrogio Traversari. He is interesting not just as a lover of classical studies, but as a ...
ancient art, post-Antique collecting

ancient art, post-Antique collecting  

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Collecting of antiquities began in the ancient period itself with the art collections of the Hellenistic dynasts and Romans of the republican and imperial periods (see art Market, ancient). The ...
Andrea Alciato

Andrea Alciato  

(1492–1550),Italian jurist and humanist, born in Milan and from 1518 professor of law at Avignon. In 1529 he moved to Bourges, and his four years there shifted the centre ...
Andrea Fiocchi

Andrea Fiocchi  

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(1400–52)was employed at the Roman Curia, where he developed an extensive knowledge of antiquities. He wrote a De magistratibus romanorum (c.1425), and took part in the Humanist debate on ...
Andrea Navagero

Andrea Navagero  

(1483–1529)was a Venetian humanist, poet, historian, and diplomat. He succeeded Marcantonio Sabellico as historian of the Venetian Republic and was involved in important diplomatic missions. His ...
Andrew of St-Victor

Andrew of St-Victor  

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(d. 1175), biblical exegete. A canon of St-Victor in Paris (see Victorines), he became Abbot of Wigmore in Herefordshire. In his commentaries he used Jewish sources and concentrated on the literal ...
Angelo Colocci

Angelo Colocci  

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(1474–1549),Italian humanist, romance philologist, and antiquarian, born in Isei. From 1497 he worked in the Vatican secretariat of Popes Leo X and Clement VII; in 1537 he was consecrated ...
Angelo Poliziano

Angelo Poliziano  

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 (1454–94) Florentine humanist, the foremost vernacular poet and classical scholar of his day.A Medici protégé, he had easy access to ancient literature; through intense study of it he made ...
Anton Francesco Grazzini

Anton Francesco Grazzini  

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(1503–84),Italian poet, playwright, and academician, born in Florence, where he worked as an apothecary while pursuing his literary and academic interests; in 1540 he became one of the founding ...
Anton Maria Bandini

Anton Maria Bandini  

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(1726–1800).Librarian who catalogued the manuscripts of the Biblioteca Laurenziana in Florence (published 1776–93). He is also noted for bio-bibliographical and documentary contributions on Tuscan ...

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