Francesco Colonna (1433/1434 – 1527) was an Italian Dominican priest and monk who was credited with the authorship of the by an Hypnerotomachia Poliphili acrostic in the text.
He lived in
Venice, and preached at St. Mark's Cathedral. Besides , he definitely wrote an Hypnerotomachia Poliphili Italian epic poem called Delfili Somnium, the "Dream of Delfilo' which went unpublished in his lifetime and was not published until 1959. Colonna spent part of his life in the monastery of San Giovanni e Paolo in Venice, but the monastery was apparently not of the strictest observance and Colonna was granted leave to live outside its walls. In Ian Caldwell's and Dustin Thomason's book, , Francesco Colonna is said to be a Roman, rather than a monk and the true author of the The Rule of Four Hypnerotomachia Poliphili.
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Media related to Francesco Colonna at Wikimedia Commons
Works by Francesco Colonna at Project Gutenberg
Works by or about Francesco Colonna at Internet Archive Colonna, Francesco,
Hypnerotomachia: The Strife of Love in a Dreame, Translation by R.D., London, 1592. Facsimile ed., introd. by Lucy Gent, 1973, Scholars' Facsimiles & Reprints, ISBN 978-0-8201-1124-7.
, at Hypnerotomachia Poliphili MIT Press
, at Hypnerotomachia Poliphili Rare Book Room