Giovanni da Prato [Giovanni Gherardi]
- F. Alberto Gallo
- , revised by Gianluca D’Agostino
(b Prato, c1367; d Florence, c1445). Italian man of letters. He studied under the scientist Biagio Pelacani at Padua University from 1384 to 1388. He wrote several poems in the style of Dante and Boccaccio, but his most important work is an unfinished narrative poem (I-Fr 1280, autograph; ed. A. Lanza, Rome, 1975 and F. Garilli, Palermo, 1976) which was given the title Il paradiso degli Alberti by the first modern editor (A. Wesselofsky, Bologna, 1867/R), after the name of the Florentine villa of Antonio degli Alberti in which the story was set. This work, possibly written in about 1425, describes the meetings in 1389 of a group of learned men (Pelacani, Coluccio Salutati, Luigi Marsili, Francesco Landini and others), who discussed various topics and related stories. These meetings included musical entertainment, mainly provided by Landini, who is here celebrated not only as the greatest musician of the time, but also as a renowned intellectual. The third book includes a transcription of the text of Landini's ballata ...