Giovan Battista Pigna
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Giovan Battista Pigna (1530-1575) was an Italian humanist, poet and historian from Ferrara. A reformer of the University of Ferrara, Pigna was secretary to Alfonso II d'Este, Duke of Ferrara and court historian at Ferrara.
Pigna's I romanzi (1554) argued that chivalric romances like those of Ariosto were a modern form of poetry equal to those considered by Aristotle's Poetics. Torquato Tasso, who succeeded Pigna as court historian, attacked Pigna's defence of Ariostan poetry in his Discorsi dell'arte poetica.
- I romanzi di M. Giouan Battita Pigna ... divisi in tre libri. Ne quali della poesia, & della vita dell'Ariosto con nuouo modo si tratta , 1554
- (ed.) Poetica Horatiana, 1561
- Historia de principi di Este, 1570
- Giovan Battista Pigna, Pathways through literature: Torquato Tasso. Accessed 12 May 2013.
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