Francesco Sansovino

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Francesco Tatti da Sansovino (1521–1586) was a versatile Italian scholar, humanist (one of the most important of his century) and man of letters, also known as a publisher.


Francesco Sansovino was born in Rome, the son of the sculptor Jacopo Sansovino, but soon moved to Venice and later studied law at the universities of Padua and Bologna.


Sansovino is perhaps most known for his 1581 work Venetia città nobilissima et singolare, Descritta in XIIII. Libri, known briefly as Venezia Descritta. He was also a literary critic, writing in particular on Dante and Giovanni Boccaccio.

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