Bartholomew Fanti was born in Mantua: the year is unknown, but in 1452 he was already a Carmelite priest
of the Congregation of Mantua. For thirty-five years at the Order's church in Mantua he was spiritual father and rector of the Confraternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for which he composed a rule and statutes. He
is especially remembered for his love of the Eucharist. He died in 1495.