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Pietro Aretino

Venetian playwright and poet born in Arezzo (1492) and died in Venice (1556), aged 64

1538

January 20

on Thursday

Letter from the poet Pietro Aretino to Michelangelo:

Does not my devotion deserve that I should receive from you, the prince of sculpture and of painting, one of those cartoons which you fling into the fire, to the end that during life I may enjoy it, and in death carry it with me to the tomb?

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Pietro Aretino (1492-1556), aged 46: playwright; poet

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Symmonds, John Addington. "The Life of Michelangelo Buonarotti", Modern Library (New York), p. 332

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