Baldassare Castiglione

1478 - 1529

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Baldassare Castiglione, Count of Casatico (Italian: [baldasˈsaːre kastiʎˈʎoːne]; 6 December 1478 – 2 February 1529), was an Italian courtier, diplomat, soldier and a prominent Renaissance author. Castiglione wrote Il Cortegiano or The Book of the Courtier, a courtesy book dealing with questions of the etiquette and morality of the courtier. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Baldassare Castiglione has received more than 563,866 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Baldassare Castiglione is the 504th most popular writer (down from 483rd in 2019), the 625th most popular biography from Italy (down from 598th in 2019) and the 43rd most popular Italian Writer.

Baldassare Castiglione is most famous for his book The Book of the Courtier.

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Notable Works

Le livre du courtisan
Etiquette for Renaissance gentlemen
Vita di Guidubaldo Duca di Urbino


Among writers, Baldassare Castiglione ranks 504 out of 7,302Before him are Christopher Marlowe, Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet, Henri Barbusse, Gérard de Nerval, Juan Ramón Jiménez, and Thomas Paine. After him are Philip Larkin, Anthony Burgess, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Anaïs Nin, Robert A. Heinlein, and Statius.

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Among people born in 1478, Baldassare Castiglione ranks 7Before him are Pope Clement VII, Hayreddin Barbarossa, Thomas More, Francisco Pizarro, Giorgione, and Philip I of Castile. After him are John, Prince of Asturias, Jan Gossaert, Pánfilo de Narváez, Hatuey, Sancha of Aragon, and Barbara Jagiellon. Among people deceased in 1529, Baldassare Castiglione ranks 1After him are La Malinche, Wang Yangming, Andrea Sansovino, Jan Provoost, Juan del Encina, Álvaro de Saavedra Cerón, and John Skelton.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Baldassare Castiglione ranks 625 out of 5,161Before him are Olybrius (400), Arrigo Sacchi (1946), Bernardo Bellotto (1721), Andrew III of Hungary (1265), Giuliano Gemma (1938), and Giovanni Agnelli (1866). After him are Vittorio Emanuele Orlando (1860), Pope Stephen II (715), Fra Bartolomeo (1472), Kurt Schuschnigg (1897), Virna Lisi (1936), and Lazzaro Spallanzani (1729).

Among WRITERS In Italy

Among writers born in Italy, Baldassare Castiglione ranks 43Before him are Propertius (-50), Fausto Cercignani (1941), Salvatore Quasimodo (1901), Tibullus (-50), Livius Andronicus (-280), and Alessandro Manzoni (1785). After him are Statius (40), Gabriele Amorth (1925), Aulus Gellius (123), Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749), Eugenio Montale (1896), and Dino Buzzati (1906).