Giuseppe Fossati (translator)

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Giuseppe Luigi Fossati (* January 1, 1759 in Venice ; † October 7, 1810 , differently 1812, ibid) was a Ticino lawyer and translator in Venice.


Giuseppe Fossati was the son of the fresco painter Davide Antonio Fossati (born April 21, 1708 in Morcote , † December 28, 1795 in Venice) and his wife Giacomina Rezzi. The family came from Ticino, although his father stayed mainly in Venice because of the fresco painting. Giuseppe Fossati lived in Venice all the time, but maintained relationships with families in Switzerland.

From 1777 to 1781 he studied law at the University of Padua and then worked as a lawyer in Venice.

Giuseppe Fossati was since 1799 with Paola, b. Bagolini, married.


Giuseppe Fossati was a member of numerous literary academies and associated with the most important writers of his time. As a student of Melchiorre Cesarotti , he worked as a poet and essayist , but was also active as a translator , for example he translated from the Bible and authors of his era, such as the work Imperfect Poem about Eternity by Albrecht von Haller in Saggio di libere versioni poetiche .

He also published articles on the art of poetry, so Elogio di Dante Alighieri is included in the work Elogi italiani published by Andrea Rubbi in 1783 .

Fonts (selection)

  • Saggio di libere versioni poetiche . Padova Il conzatti a S. Fermo 1781.
  • Albrecht von Haller; Giuseppe Fossati: L'Eternita frammento poetico di Alberto Haller liberamente ridotto in versi sciolti da Giuseppe Fossati veneziano fra gli Arcadi Artemisco Dedaleo . 1781.
  • James Thomson ; Giuseppe Fossati: Inno al Creatore . Padova: Appresso Giuseppe Comino, 1781.
  • Elogia di Dante Alighieri . Venezia, Marcuzzi, 1782.
  • Dell'oratore scrivente e dell'estemporaneo . 1788.
  • Pensieri sopra il buon uso della libertà in belle lettere esposti nell'elogio di Gabriello Chiabrera . Venezia 1797.
  • Lettera sopra Dante . Venezia 1801.
  • Memoria Sopra Due Celebri Accademie Veneziane . Venezia: Perlini, 1806.
  • Saggio di poesie varie . 1812.
  • Poetry biblical tradotte da celebri italiani . 1834.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Giorgio Cusatelli, Maria Lieber, Heinz Thoma, Eduardo Tortarolo: Scholarship in Germany and Italy in the 18th century: Letterati, erudizione e società scientifiche negli spazi italiani e tedeschi del '1700 . Walter de Gruyter, 2012, ISBN 978-3-11-093236-2 , p. 303 ( limited preview in Google Book search).