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  1. Pietro (ˈpjɛːtro). 1470–1547, Italian scholar, poet, and cardinal (1539). His treatise Prose della volgar lingua (1525) helped to establish a standard form of literary Italian
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  1. a style of type
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Word Origin for Bembo

C20: named after Pietro Bembo (1470–1547), Italian scholar, poet, and cardinal, because the design of the typeface was based on one used for an edition of his tract De ætna by the printer Aldus Manutius
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Historical Examples of bembo

  • Nevertheless, Ochino stood even the test of Bembo's criticism.

    Catholic World, Vol. XI, April 1870-September 1870


  • Bembo succeeded Poliziano in the dictatorship of Italian letters.

  • Bembo was growing hysterical from the tea and his own shrill anecdotes.

    The Happy End

    Joseph Hergesheimer

  • “He is filled with wonder and glad that he came,” writes Bembo.

    The Venetian School of Painting

    Evelyn March Phillipps

  • Bembo is the shepherd, "who hither came from the bosom of Hadria."

Word Origin and History for bembo



type face, 1930; the type was cut in 1929 based on one used in 15c. by Aldus Manutius in an edition of a work by Pietro Bembo.

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