Vile Florentines: The Florence of Dante, Giotto, and Boccaccio

Vile Florentines The Florence of Dante Giotto and Boccaccio No city state in history has been the setting for such fierce brutality and sheer driving creativity as was Florence from the mid thirteenth to the mid fourteenth centuries It was a city every bit as

  • Title: Vile Florentines: The Florence of Dante, Giotto, and Boccaccio
  • Author: Timothy Holme
  • ISBN: 9780312846770
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Hardcover
  • No city state in history has been the setting for such fierce brutality and sheer driving creativity as was Florence from the mid thirteenth to the mid fourteenth centuries It was a city every bit as vicious as ancient Rome, as lofty as Athens, as uninhibited as Sodom and Gomorrah Poets, soldiers, artists, popes, courtesans all played their part in Florence s toweringNo city state in history has been the setting for such fierce brutality and sheer driving creativity as was Florence from the mid thirteenth to the mid fourteenth centuries It was a city every bit as vicious as ancient Rome, as lofty as Athens, as uninhibited as Sodom and Gomorrah Poets, soldiers, artists, popes, courtesans all played their part in Florence s towering tragi comedy.This drama was reflected and depicted by three men of genius Dante, politician and poet Giotto, artist, architect and wit and Boccaccio, adventurer and writer Dante held high office at the time when Florence s affairs bitterly chronicled in his Divine Comedy were at their bloodiest and most violent, and tried, unavailingly and tragically, to divert the city s disaster course Giotto, whose concerns were paint and stone rather than politics, never suffered from Florentine savagery his life and work reflect rather the city s liberality, magnificence, comedy its lavish way of life and its passionate love of art But it is left to Boccaccio, youngest of the trio, standing on the threshold of the Renaissance, to reveal in The Decameron Florence s rampant sensuality, from the elegant and luxurious to the outrageously bawdy.Drawing on contemporary anecdotes, and later Italian writers, Timothy Holme has written an absorbing account of the men and women of medieval Florence, and in particular of the three giants, Dante, Giotto and Boccaccio Very different in temperament, their fortunes were closely entwined Dante wrote of Giotto Boccaccio hero worshipped Dante Giotto painted Dante Boccaccio portrayed Giotto in his Decameron And all three were involved in that extraordinary, turbulent city the Florence of the Middle Ages.

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    1. Probably the best book I've read on these guys, yet. It seamlessly combines fact with narrative (though I wish it had contained citations). A very good source for the history paper I'm writing!

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