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…

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