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Francesco Colonna

Born: 1433
Died: 2-Oct-1527
Location of death: Venice, Italy
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Author

Nationality: Italy
Executive summary: Hypnerotomachia Poliphili

Mendicant monk, resident for most of his life at the monastery of SS. Giovanni e Paolo, at Venice. Best known for authoring the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, published in an extravagant edition by Aldus Manutius in December 1499. Written in a bizarre argot which smooshes together Greek rootwords and Italianate syntax, the Poliphili has avoided translation for much of its existence, the better to be admired for its fantastic typography and woodcuts. A translation of the entire text was completed in 1999 by esoteric scholar Joscelyn Godwin.

    University: Master per bullam, University of Padua (1473-81)

    Exiled from Venice to Treviso (1516-19)

Author of books:
Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (1499)
Delfili Somnium (1501-10, poem, published 1959)

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