Girolamo Benivieni (954 words)

Girolamo Benivieni was a Florentine poet, translator, and commentator. His “Canzone dell’amor celeste e divino” [Song on Heavenly and Divine Love], which circulated with a commentary written by his dear friend Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, constituted one of the key texts for the promulgation of Platonism in fifteenth-century Italy. His other major contribution was in editing the 1506 Giuntina edition of Dante’s Divine Comedy, which earned him at the time a reputation as the foremost living Florentine commentator on Dante.

Benivieni was born in 1453 into what would be a distinguished family. His siblings included his older brother Antonio, famed surgeon and author of medical manuals, and younger brother Domenico, a…

Roush, Sherry. "Girolamo Benivieni". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 August 2014
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