Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani

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The Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani ( DBI , Biographical Dictionary of Italians ) is an Italian national biography published by the Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana . It contains deceased people who were born in Italy after the end of the Western Roman Empire or who spent a significant part of their life and work there.

From 1929 the preparatory work ran under the direction of Fortunato Pintor , who remained director of the company until 1959. 110 volumes with around 40,000 biographies and around 80,000 pages are planned. In 1960, the first volume Aaron-Albertucci was published with an introduction by Aldo Ferrabino . By 2018, 92 volumes had appeared up to the keyword Sisto IV . Initially, Pintor was in charge of the company, from 1959–1985 in the hands of Alberto M. Ghisalberti , followed by Massimiliano Pavan from 1985–1990 , Fiorella Bartoccini and Mario Caravale from 1990–1998 . From 1999 to 2010, Mario Caravale was the sole director. At the moment (2018) Raffaele Romanelli has been the responsible editor (Direttore scientifico) since 2010.

At the end of each article, under the title Fonti e Bibliografia, there are extensive references to printed and unprinted sources as well as the relevant literature. The respective authors are named for all entries.

At the beginning of 2009 the articles of the previously published volumes were made accessible online. For the not yet published lemmas, editorial compilations were made available that varied in scope and mostly did not yet contain any further references. In the online version of the completed volumes, detailed lemmas on less prominent historical persons have been made available since then, the text of which is no longer included in the printed version: There you will find references to the version of the that is available on the Internet DBI .

From July 2019, the free accessibility of the articles in the DBI was restricted in a non-transparent manner. The maximum number of freely consultable articles per month was not given anywhere. If this was exceeded, the articles could no longer be viewed if you did not take out a subscription. On November 20, 2019, the subscribers were informed that the online version of the DBI will be accessible again free of charge.

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  1. Short biography of Fortunato Pintor .
  2. ^ Report from the Architectural Library of the University of Florence (Italian)