Bartolomeo Scala

Bartolomeo Scala (1430–1497) was an Italian politician, author and historian. Born in Colle Val d'Elsa, he became a protégé of Cosimo and Piero de' Medici, being appointed at the highest positions in the Florentine Republic (Chancellor, Secretary, Gonfaloniere and Priore).

Bartolommeo Scala (1430-1497)

He wrote an unfinished History of Florence,[1] as well as various essays and dialogues.[2][3] He was a member of the Accademia Neoplatonica. Scala died in 1497, and was buried in a chapel of Annunziata.


  1. ^ Bartholomaei Scalae Equitis Florentini De Historia Florentinorum Quae extant ..., 1677
  2. ^ Bartolomeo Scala, Essays and Dialogues, Tr. by Renée Neu Watkins, Introduction by Alison Brown 2002
  3. ^ Alison Brown, The Return of Lucretius to Renaissance Florence, Chap.2, Medicean Florence: Marsilio Ficino and Bartolomeo Scala, 2010


  • Alison Brown, Bartolomeo Scala, 1430-1497, Chancellor of Florence: The Humanist As Bureaucrat, Princeton, 1979.
  • G.C. Garfagnini "Tra politica, clientele e senso dello stato: Bartolomeo Scala" , Annali del Dipartimento di Filosofia (Nuova Serie), XV (2009), pp. 109–130. Available online with an English summary.
  • G.C. Garfagnini "Bartolomeo Scala e la difesa dello stato «nuovo»" in Humanistica, "Per Cesare Vasoli", Olschki, Firenze 2003, pp. 71–86. Available online.