Giovanni Della Casa was a Florentine writer, poet and diplomat of the Italian Renaissance. In the history of Italian literature, his name is primarily associated with his widely known treatise Il Galateo, ovvero de’ costumi, which from the time of its publication (Venice, 1558) became one of the most influential courtesy books in Italy and in Europe, along with Baldesar Castiglione’s monumental work The Book of the Courtier (1528) and Machiavelli’s pragmatic treatise The Prince (1532). The literary fame of Giovanni Della Casa, however, is not only tied to the elegant and refined prose of the Galateo, but also to the deeply intense lyric poetry of the Rime (Venice, 1558) which placed him among the major Petrarchist poets of the sixteenth century.
Della Casa was born on June 28, 1503,
Citation: Falvo, Giuseppe. "Giovanni Della Casa". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 February 2015 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=1218, accessed 09 December 2023.]