AQUILA, SERAFINO DELLí (1466-1500), Italian poet and
improvisatore, was born in 1466 at the town of Aquila, from
which he took his name, and died in the year 1500. He spent
several years at the courts of Cardinal Sforza and Ferdinand,
duke of Calabria; but his principal patrons were the Borgias
at Rome, from whom he received many favours. Aquila seems
to have aimed at an imitation of Dante and Petrarch; and his
poems, which were extravagantly praised during the authorís
lifetime, are occasionally of considerable merit. His reputation
was in great measure due to his remarkable skill as an
improvisatore and musician. His works were printed at Venice in
1502, and there have been several subsequent editions.
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