Antonio Abati

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Antonio Abati (* around 1600 in Gubbio ; † October 1667 in Senigallia ) was an Italian poet.


Little is known about the early life of Abati, who gained a reputation as a respected poet during his lifetime. In 1631 he lived in Rome and stayed in Viterbo from 1634 to 1638 , where he met the Italian painter and poet Salvator Rosa . In 1638 he moved to Milan . He stayed in Brussels with Archduke Leopold Wilhelm (governor in the Spanish Netherlands from 1647 to 1656 ), who also paid for his journey there. Abati stayed in Brussels until 1656 , when he returned to Italy. He traveled to Flanders and France and described his often negative experiences in the satire Il viaggio . Upon his return to his home country, he received the patronage of Cardinal Fabio Chigi - who later became Pope Alexander VII. - which some small, for him governor Kirchenstaat associated cities - among others grotto, Recanati and Frascati - appointed. Emperor Ferdinand III. had an acrostic in his honor written in Italian , while the often financially distressed poet would have needed a pension much sooner. Abati recently lived in seclusion on an estate near Senigallia that the Grand Duchess of Tuscany, Vittoria della Rovere , had given him. There he ended his life in 1667 after a long illness.


On the occasion of the Peace of the Pyrenees concluded between France and Spain and the wedding of Louis XIV to the Spanish Infanta Maria Teresa , Abati wrote the work Il Consiglio degli Dei, dramma per musica ... , which he dedicated to Cardinal Mazarin in 1660 and which was published in Bologna in 1671.

Other works:

  • Ragguagli di Parnaso contra i poetastri e partigiani delle nationi (Rome 1631 and Milan 1638)
  • Le Frascheri fasci tre (Venice 1651), satirical poetry in prose and verse
  • Posthumous poetry (Bologna 1671 and Venice 1673)


Individual evidence

  1. GM Mazzuchelli, Gli Scrittori d'Italia I 1, Brescia 1753, p. 11.