- Barbara R. Hanning
(b Florence, Italy, Jan 20, 1562; d Florence, Italy, March 28, 1621). Italian, courtier, author of lyric and dramatic poetry, and the first librettist. He came from a noble Florentine family prominent in cultural and diplomatic circles since the 13th century. His education was presumably that of a courtier – some classical training and enough exposure to the arts to have made him a lively participant in court entertainments in Florence, for which he began writing verses as early as ...