(1438–1516). Latin poet and notary of noble birth, who held important public positions in Medicean Florence, particularly after 1464. He was a pupil of Landino, and dedicated his main poetical work, the Flametta, first to Cosimo de' Medici (1463) and then to Lorenzo de' Medici (1464). He also wrote a poem in memory of Cosimo, Paradisus (1468–9), and the Carlias (De gestis Magni Caroli), an epic composed between 1469 and 1480. After 1487, along with many learned members of Lorenzo's circle, he became a follower of Savonarola, to whom he dedicated his Carmen de christiana religione ac vitae monasticae felicitate (1491), in which he affirms the utility of poetry, but only when it is used to celebrate religion.
From The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature in Oxford Reference.