Poetic Genealogy, Mythmaking and the Origins of Urban Nobility: Giovanni Boccaccio and Ambrogio Lorenzetti

Campbell, C. Jean
June 2010
Heliotropia;Jun2010, Vol. 7 Issue 1/2, p51
Academic Journal
An essay is presented on the comparison made by Giovanni Boccaccio about the practice of writers to that of painters on his book "Decameron." It explores how he prepares readers to contemplate on the series of sacred images in his book. It analyzes how his own inventive faculty is reflected in the practices of painters and other artisans. The author argues that it is incumbent on the interpreter to recognize and weigh the authority of the human maker in Boccaccio's book.


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