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Agostino Nifo

Agostino Nifo  

(c.1469–c.1546),Italian Aristotelian philosopher, born in Sessa Aurunca (Calabria) and educated at the University of Padua; he embarked on an academic career during which he taught at Padua (1492–9), ...
Albert the Great

Albert the Great  

(1200–80),Dominican friar and bishop. A Swabian by birth, Albert joined the Dominicans at Padua in 1223 against the wishes of his noble family. After teaching at Hildesheim, Ratisbon, and Cologne, ...
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 ...
Albertists

Albertists  

Followers of Albertus Magnus, mentor of Thomas Aquinas. Albert had been particularly receptive to Aristotelianism, though he was also influenced by Neoplatonism. He insisted on the importance of ...
Aleardo Aleardi

Aleardo Aleardi  

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(1812–78).One of the most popular poets of the 19th c., along with his friend Giovanni Prati, whom he met at the University of Padua, where he graduated in law. ...
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  

(1320/30–c.1393),Italian painter, born in Zevio, near Verona. His principal surviving works, all of which echo the style of Giotto, are a fresco in the Church of Sant'Anastasia in Verona ...
Alvise Corner

Alvise Corner  

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(c. 1475–1566),a polymath based in Padua, was an expert on hydraulics and architecture, and pioneered land reform. A health fanatic, he wrote an international best-seller on dieting, Trattato de ...
Andrea Palladio

Andrea Palladio  

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(1508–80).One of the most gifted, professional, and intelligent of architects working in Italy in C16, whose work provided the models for the Palladian style (Palladianism) and had a profound effect ...
Andreas Vesalius

Andreas Vesalius  

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(1514–64)Belgian physician and anatomist, who was a professor at Padua for six years before becoming a physician to the Habsburg court. He is remembered for producing in 1538–43 definitive text and ...
Ansaldo Cebà

Ansaldo Cebà  

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(1565–1623).Poet and literary critic who studied in Padua but lived mostly in his native Genoa. His conservative intellectual outlook was typical of the poorer Genoese nobility, but conflicted with ...
antiquarianism

antiquarianism  

[Th]An intellectual tradition of enquiry that developed in Europe in the 16th and early 17th centuries ad as a result of new interests in nature, antiquity, the Renaissance of learning, and the ...
Antonio Baratella

Antonio Baratella  

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(1358–1448).Prolific Latin poet, most of whose poems are still unpublished. He studied arts and law at Padua, and alternated the profession of notary with that of grammar teacher in ...
Antonio da Tempo

Antonio da Tempo  

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(14th c.)was a Paduan judge, versifier, and author of the first influential treatise on Italian metrical forms, the Summa artis rithimici vulgaris dictaminis (1332). As a North Italian, Antonio ...
Antonio Guaineri

Antonio Guaineri  

(1380s? d. after 1455) Pavian citizen, court physician, and university professor whose writings emphasize practice over theory and bear witness to contemporary social conditions.He studied at Padua ...
Antonio Ongaro

Antonio Ongaro  

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(c. 1560–1600)was born in Padua, and spent most of his life in Rome in the service of the Farnese family. His Alceo (performed in Nettuno in 1581) was dubbed ...
Antonio Possevino

Antonio Possevino  

(c.1533–1611),Jesuit missionary and papal diplomat, born in Mantua, where he entered the Jesuits in 1559. The following year he was sent to work amongst the Waldenses in Piedmont, and ...
Antonio Rosmini-Serbati

Antonio Rosmini-Serbati  

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(1797–1855)Reactionary Italian philosopher and theologian, ordained in 1821. He endeavoured to synthesize philosophy and faith, contrary to prevailing empiricism and positivism, and with the purpose ...
Antony, St, of Padua

Antony, St, of Padua  

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(1188/95–1231), Franciscan friar. When he was 15 he joined the Augustinian Canons. He was deeply moved when the relics of some Franciscans killed in Morocco were brought to Coimbra in 1220; he ...
Arrigo Boito

Arrigo Boito  

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(b Padua, 24 Feb. 1842; d Milan, 10 June 1918).Italian composer, librettist, and man of letters. His parents, an Italian painter and a Polish countess, separated when he and ...

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