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Cristoforo Bronzini

Cristoforo Bronzini

Cristoforo Bronzini was born around 1580 in Sirolo, in the province of Ancona. Coming from a wealthy family, he had the opportunity to pursue his interests and continue his studies first in Ancora and then in Rome. Bronzini's pleasant character favored access to Roman ecclesiastical environments.

The main biographical information is present in the work of Gian Vittorio Rossi [1], (1570-1647), in his Pinachoteca Tertia (1648), in which he refers to his friendship with Cardinal Evangelista Pallotta, of whom he becomes councilor and Caudatario . The relationship with the latter is particularly important for the life of the young writer from the Marches as it allows him to get closer to the Roman cultural environment. He is recognized as having great dialectical qualities, an extraordinary intelligence and a good memory capacity. Thanks to these characteristics he attracted the attention of the Medici court: in 1615 he moved to Florence, becoming an advisor to Cardinal Carlo de 'Medici and distinguishing himself as a master of ceremonies. He spent the last years of his life in the Tuscan city where he died around 1640. In 1618 he began his literary project, the dialogue On the dignity and freedom of women. The twenty-four parts of the initial project involved four weeks, each consisting of six days. However, the publication of the work to date is incomplete: between 1618 and 1625 the six days of the first week appeared and between 1628 and 1632, the first two days of the second week, called Giornata Ottava and Giornata Nona. The first edition of the dialogue was inscribed in the Index of Forbidden Books of 1622, then republished in 1624.