Vita, I. Lib. II.
Cap. XVII.), whom De Vericour copies without question, we are at a loss to account for the preservation of the original epitaph replaced by Cardinal Bembo when he built the new tomb, in 1483.
Bembo's own inscription implies an already existing monument, and, if in disparaging terms, yet epitaphial Latin verses command, and in an age when stone-cutting was cheap, would have aimed at something more befitting the occasion.
It is certain, at least in Dante's case, that Cardinal Bembo would never have inserted in the very first words an allusion to the De Monarchia, a book long before condemned as heretical. Dante is said to have dictated uch, with three colossal figures on it, Dante in the middle, with Italy on one side and Poesy on the other.
The tomb at Ravenna, built originally in 1483, by Cardinal Bembo, was restored by Cardinal Corsi in 1692, and finally rebuilt in its present form by Cardinal Gonzaga, in 1780, ail three of whom commemorated themselves in La