Italian classical scholar, friend of Lucrezia Borgia and many leading figures of the day. He regularized the Italian language itself by publishing grammars. He was made cardinal in 1539.

Monotype gave his name to their typeface Bembo of 1929. The design is based on type cut by Francesco Griffo for the Aldine Press of Aldus Manutius, and first used in Bembo’s work De Aetna in 1495/96.

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