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date: 21 September 2019

Giovio, Paololocked

(b Como, April 1483; d Florence, Dec 11, 1552).
  • Linda S. Klinger


(b Como, April 1483; d Florence, Dec 11, 1552).

Italian historian, physician, humanist and collector. He belonged to the Zanobi, one of the oldest and most prominent families in Como, and was devoted to his cultural patrimony, especially to Como’s great historians, the elder and younger Pliny. His guardian and mentor was his elder brother, Benedetto Giovio (1471–c. 1545), a prominent civic figure, local historian and antiquarian who, among other projects, was involved with Cesare Cesariano on the translation and annotation of Vitruvius’ De architectura (Como, 1521). In compliance with his brother’s wishes, Paolo trained as a physician in Pavia and Padua (1498–1507), studying with Marc’antonio della Torre and Pietro Pomponazzi. The university environment of Lombardy and the Veneto exposed him to contact with artistic enterprises of the early 16th century and with those who promoted them. For instance, della Torre apparently collaborated with Leonardo da Vinci on an illustrated anatomical text during Giovio’s studentship....

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