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date: 20 November 2019

Zeno, Apostolo locked

  • Elena Sala Di Felice


(b Venice, Dec 11, 1668; d Venice, Nov 11, 1750). Italian poet, librettist, scholar and antiquarian. He was educated by the Somaschi fathers in the Venetian classical tradition, but was also familiar with the empiricism of Galileo and with rationalism. In 1691 he founded the Accademia degli Animosi, where he became prominent at a very young age as a poet in the late-Baroque mould. Like the more famous Accademia degli Animosi it had as its aim the restoration of Arcadian ‘good taste’. Zeno took part in the debate between G.G. Orsi and Bouhours, defending in a letter to Orsi of 29 October 1706 certain verses of Tasso's Gerusalemme liberata against the accusation by the Frenchman that they were artificially refined. With Scipione Maffei, Antonio Vallisnieri and his brother Pier Caterino Zeno he founded the Giornale de' letterati d'Italia (Verona, 1710). He was the chief editor between 1710...

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