Pietro Giordani


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Critic and essayist. Born in Piacenza, he studied in Parma, and was for three years a Benedictine monk, subsequently moving restlessly between various Northern cities. He was one of the founders of Biblioteca italiana in Milan and was later associated with Vieusseux's Antologia in Florence. Whilst politically anti-Austrian, he held moderately conservative views as a critic, fighting the use of dialect, for instance. His extensive writings on art, notably on Canova and Tenerani, were similarly based on classicist aesthetics. He was a friend of Leopardi and is particularly known for having been the first critic of note to recognize his genius.

From The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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