Bernardo Accolti

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Bernardo Accolti
Born (1465-09-14)September 14, 1465
Died March 1, 1536(1536-03-01) (aged 70)
Nationality Italian
Other names l'Unico Aretino
Occupation Poet
Known for Reciter of impromptu verse
Parent(s) Benedetto Accolti

Bernardo Accolti (September 11, 1465 – March 1, 1536) was an Italian poet.

He was born at Arezzo, the son of Benedetto Accolti.

Known in his own day as l'Unico Aretino, he acquired great fame as a reciter of impromptu verse. He was listened to by large crowds, composed of the most learned men and the most distinguished prelates of the age. Among others, Cardinal Pietro Bembo left on record a testimony to his extraordinary talent.

It is probable that he succeeded better in his extemporaneous productions than in those which were the fruit of deliberation. His works, under the title Virginia, Comedia, Capitoli e Strambotti di Messer Bernardo Accolti Aretino, were published at Florence in 1513, and have been reprinted several times.


  • Jonathan Unglaub, “Bernardo Accolti, Raphael’s Parnassus and a New Portrait by Andrea Del Sarto,” Burlington Magazine CXLIX (January 2007): 14-22.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Accolti, Bernardo". Encyclopædia Britannica 1 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 121. 

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