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Francesco di Sandro Altoni

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Francesco di Sandro Altoni
Born late 1400s?
Died mid 1500s?
Occupation Fencing master
Citizenship Florentine
Patron Cosimo I de' Medici
Movement Florentine school
Influenced Marco Docciolini
Genres Fencing manual
Language Italian
Notable work(s) Monomachia ovvero Arte di Scherma

Francesco di Sandro Altoni was a 16th century Italian fencing master. Little is known about this master's life; he seems to have been Florentine by birth and he is thought to have been fencing master to the court of Cosimo I de' Medici (1519-1574), Duke of Florence until 1569 and then Grand Duke of Tuscany. At some time during Cosimo's reign as Duke of Florence, Altoni wrote a treatise on fencing entitled Monomachia ovvero Arte di Scherma ("Dueling, or the Art of Defense") and dedicated it to Cosimo. The treatise survives in two manuscript copies, the MS II.iii.315 and MS L.V.23.


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