(active 1450-1470)

Boccaccio: Decameron

Manuscript (Ms. Holkham misc. 49)
Bodleian Library, Oxford

The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375) recounts the tales told to each other by a group of young men and women sheltering together from the plague in the church of Santa Maria Novella in Florence. On folio 5r in this manuscript, made for Teofilo Calcagni in the Este court of Ferrara in the third quarter of the fifteenth century, the young people are shown gathering for the story-telling.

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