(c. 1480–1544) studied at Padua and Venice, and was a friend of Pietro Bembo and Aretino. In 1521 he began a lifetime's project to develop a memory theatre, a structure in which places and images would give the adept access to universal knowledge. In 1530, encouraged by King Francis I, he went to France, where he presented his Theatro della sapientia. He returned to Italy at the end of 1543, and obtained the patronage of Alfonso d'Avalos, Governor of Milan, to whom he dedicated his Theatro della memoria of 1544.
From The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature in Oxford Reference.