Bembo, Pietro. Born in 1470. An eminent Italian cardinal and a profound scholar. His early life he spent studying in one city and another, and he attained such a reputation for culture that when, in 1512, he went to Rome, he was appointed one of the pontifical secretaries, and in 1539 he was created cardinal. He wrote prose and verse, both in Italian and in Latin; his compositions are remarkable for purity of style. Died 1547.