(b. 1280/85, Siena, d. 1344, Avignon)
Petrarch's Virgil, title pagec. 1336
Illuminated manuscript, 29,5 x 20 cm
Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan
Thanks to Petrarch's sonnets we know that the poet and the painter became very good friends. Simone must undoubtedly have been influenced by the proto-Humanist cultural world of Petrarch, and we can see clearly how the manuscript illumination of Petrarch's Virgil in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan, with its classical and naturalistic overtones (sophisticated gestures, white cloth drapery, the delicate figures of the shepherd and the peasant), anticipates the typical style of early 15th-century French manuscript illumination.