Lorenzo Valla

1407 - 1457

photo credits: Wikimedia Commons

movement:  humanism
languages spoken, written or signed:  Latin
educated at:  University of Pavia

Lorenzo Valla (Italian: [loˈrɛntso ˈvalla]; also Latinized as Laurentius; c. 1407 – 1 August 1457) was an Italian Renaissance humanist, rhetorician, educator and scholar. He is best known for his historical-critical textual analysis that proved that the Donation of Constantine was a forgery, therefore attacking and undermining the presumption of temporal power claimed by the papacy. Lorenzo is sometimes seen as a precursor of the Reformation. Source: Wikipedia (en)

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