(b. 1423, Castagno, d. 1457, Firenze)

Famous Persons: Giovanni Boccaccio

c. 1450
Fresco transferred to wood, 250 x 154 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

The picture shows one of the three Tuscan poets represented in the cycle.

Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375), was an Italian poet and scholar, best remembered as the author of the earthy tales in the Decameron. With Petrarch he laid the foundations for the humanism of the Renaissance and raised vernacular literature to the level and status of the classics of antiquity.