Accademia Fiorentina
Formation1 November 1540 (1 November 1540)
Dissolved1783 (1783)
TypePhilosophical academy
PurposePromotion of Tuscan as the basis for literary Italian
  • Florence, Italy

The Accademia Fiorentina was a philosophical and literary academy in Florence, Italy during the Renaissance.


The Accademia Fiorentina was founded in Florence on 1 November 1540 as the Accademia degli Umidi,[1] or "academy of the wet ones", in contrast to or parody of the name of the recently founded Accademia degli Infiammati, or "academy of the burning ones", of Padova. The twelve founding members were Baccio Baccelli, Bartolomeo Benci, Pier Fabbrini, Paolo de Gei, Antonfrancesco Grazzini, Gismondo Martelli, Niccolò Martelli, Giovanni Mazzuoli, Cynthio d'Amelia Romano, Filippo Salvetti, Michelangelo Vivaldi and Simon della Volta.[1] Within 15 months of its foundation, on 25 February 1541 more fiorentino (i.e. 25 February 1542),[1] the academy changed its name to Accademia Fiorentina, in accordance with the wishes of Cosimo I de' Medici.[2]

In 1783, by order of Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo, the Accademia Fiorentina was merged with the Accademia degli Apatisti and the Accademia della Crusca, into the new Accademia Fiorentina Seconda.[3]


The principal topic of discussion of the academy was the question of what should constitute the basis for the Italian language, which until about this time was not so called; rather, it was referred to as volgare, roughly "the common tongue". While the Infiammati supported the suggestions of Pietro Bembo and Giovan Giorgio Trissino that the language of Boccaccio and Petrarch should serve as a model for literary Italian, the Umidi believed it should be based on contemporary Florentine usage and on the language of Dante. Three of them, Giovambattista Gelli (1498–1563), Pierfrancesco Giambullari (1495–1555)[4] and Carlo Lenzoni (1501–51),[5] wrote treatises in support of this position.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Robert Nosow (2002). The Debate on Song in the Accademia Fiorentina. Early Music History 21:175-221. Accessed June 2013. (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b Michael Sherberg (Spring, 2003). The Accademia Fiorentina and the Question of the Language: The Politics of Theory in Ducal Florence. Renaissance Quarterly 56(1):26-55. The University of Chicago Press on behalf of the Renaissance Society of America. (subscription required)
  3. ^ Anna Toscano (2004). Accademia Fiorentina Archived 6 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine (in Italian). Florence: Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza. Accessed June 2013.
  4. ^ Pierfrancesco Giambullari ([1551]). Pierfrancesco Giambullari Fiorentino, De la lingua che si parla & scrive in Firenze. Et uno Dialogo di Giovan Batista Gelli sopra la difficultà dello ordinare detta lingua. In Firenze: [Lorenzo Torrentino].
  5. ^ Carlo Lenzoni (1556). In difesa della lingua fiorentina et di Dante, con le regole da far bella et numerosa prosa. [Colla Orazione di M. Cosimo Bartoli sopra la morte di Carlo Lenzoni]. Florenza: Lorenzo Torrentino.

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