Other names: Giovanni Battista
Ordinary physician to Ferdinando II, Grand Duke of Tuscany
Nardi studied medicine at the University of Pisa at the collegio Ricci, and
finished his studies in 1607. Afterwards, he established himself in
Florence where he practised medicine with so great reputation that he was
called the Florentine Aesculapius, and he and his works formed the theme of
laudatory verses by his contemporaries. He was made a citizen of Florence in
1613. As the personal physician of Ferdinand II, grand duke of Tuscany, he
accompanied him regularly on his travels, including to Germany in 1628. From
1634, he began to publish works relating to medicine and natural philosophy. He built a chapel in the San Biagio church at Montepulciano (it includes a
painting by Giovanni di San Giovanni). He also made provisions in his will
to contribute to the building of a chapel in the Santa
Cecilia church in Florence, of which he and his family had been benefactors
and it included a portrait of him, his wife and son Ippolito.
Place of birth: Montepulciano
Place of death: Florence
Place of burial: Madonna di San Biagio church, Montepulciano
Nardi's written works include:
Lactis physica Analysis, Flor., 1634, 4°.
Apologeticon in Fortunii Liceti Mulctram, vel de duplici calore, Flor.,
1638, 2° and 4°.
De igne subterraneo physica Prolusio, Flor., 1641, 4°.
Giulio Negji, Istoria degli Scrittori Fiorentini, Ferrara, 1722, fol.
Manget, Bibliotheca Scriptorum Medicorum, 1731, II. i. p. 404.
Morhof, Polyhistor, 1732, ii. p. 392.
Kestner, Medicinisches Gelehrten-Lexicon, 1740, p. 580.
Jocher, Allgemetnes Gelehrten-Lextcon, 1751, iii. col. 816;
Rotermund's Fortsetzung und Ergdnzungen, 1816, V. col. 374.
De rore, disquisitio physica, Flor., 1642, 4°.
De voce, disquisitio physica, Flor., 1642.
Noctium Genialium physicarum, Annus primus, Bonon., 1655, 4°.
He published also an edition of Lucretius, with a paraphrase and notes,
Florent. , 1647, 4°, with nine plates of antiquities.
The tract on dew is commended by Morhof. Nardi had also observed the effect
of water on lead, and objected to the use of leaden vessels in chemical
Haller, Bibliotheca Botanica, 1771, i. p. 463.
Haller, Bibliotheca Anatomica, 1774, i. p. 381,
Haller, Bibliotheca Chirurgica, 1774, i. p. 361.
Haller, Bibliotheca Medicinea practicae, 1776, i. p. 83 ; 1777, ii.
Eloy, Dictionnaire Historique de la Médecine, 1778, iii. p. 371.
Gmelin, Geschichte der Chemie, 1797, i, p. 603.
Billings, Index-Catalogue, 1888, ix. p. 631.