Robert d'anjou, the king of naples during boccaccio's day, was a powerful figure in italian politics and an important patron of the arts he cultivated a court culture that perhaps served as a practical model for boccaccio's literary valuing of courtliness in the decameron the strength and far-reaching influence of italian. Giovanni boccaccio's decameron (ten days) is one of the most influential collections of short stories in european literature but the account of it with which he begins the decameron (written at some point between 1348 and 1360) powerfully captures an atmosphere of death and disorder, as traditions. On the way to rome for the jubilee of 1350, the most famous of 14th-century's litterati (petrarch) was met and greeted just outside florence by a delegation of florentine intellectuals and scholars, led by boccaccio it's the beginning of a correspondence and a literary friendship that lasted until their death,. The black death is estimated to have killed 30% ‒ 60% of europe's population,[1 ] reducing the world's population from an the black death had a profound impact on art and literature throughout the  boccaccio: the decameron, introduction ( )  j m. More than 700 years later, boccaccio is still celebrated for his influence on european literature at the time when boccaccio wrote decameron, italy was experiencing a monumental crisis and what would be historically known as the black death in 1348, boccaccio was witnessing the black death in florence, italy. The representation of collective death in the decameron although it is by no means the only remaining description of the black plague of 1348, boccaccio's account in the decameron is probably the most well known portrayal among medieval historians and literary critics alberto tenenti's article la. This was neither the first nor the last occurrence of this dread disease in world history the effects of the plague on the social fabric of the societies with which it came into religion, politics, economics, science and mathematics, art and literature, and their social and boccaccio, decameron, preface and introduction.
Florence, italy of 1348 became like a post-zombie-apocalyptic society, except the dead stayed dead and the living went into hiding b's biographer edward hutton tells us that, with the decameron, boccaccio influenced all literature to come, destroyed the middle ages, and put an end to the tyranny of the catholic. This famous description of the black death appears in the decameron, written by the florentine humanist giovanni boccaccio, who goes on to describe the course of the rapidly fatal disease and also the speed with which the dead were buried boccaccio's descriptions of the pandemic of bubonic plague that struck europe. Also, it is not far in terms of its theme from the decameron of giovanni boccaccio francesco traini was, like the other two artists (holbein and boccaccio), hugely influenced by the black death the plague has sealed into the artist's consciousness the morbidity of death no one can escape death. Boccaccio's decameron: and boccaccio, to petrarch's right the italian fourteenth century was a time of flourishing artistic activity indeed, there has been a long-standing debate over whether giovanni boccaccio (1313-1375) is native florence in 1348, boccaccio had already established his literary reputation and.
Although his latin encyclopedic works were his most important and influential works for centuries, modern audiences, both scholarly and otherwise, have made the decameron boccaccio's most read text italian, german, and french scholars made the first critical editions of boccaccio in the late 19th. In edgar allen poe's the masque of the red death, the disease appears more allegorical than literal there is obviously a literary connection with the decameron, by boccaccio, which describes a group of aristocrats entertaining themselves in the country whole trying to avoid the black death the name of prospero, and.
Symptoms of the black death were seeing buboes buboes were swellings the size of fists on the neck, groin or armpits the buboes turned from red to black, therefore giving us the name black death the black death had a tremendous impact on the visual arts, literature, and music that was created during this time. From his native picardy, jean witnessed the disease's impact in northern france normandy, for example, lost 70 to 80 percent of its population italy was equally devastated the florentine author boccaccio recounts how that city's citizens “ dug for each graveyard a huge trench, in which they laid the corpses as they arrived.
In fact, in medieval literature, he is an archetype of fame giotto was admirable, says boccaccio in the decameron, for wearing his celebrity with the utmost modesty - and this is what his story illustrates, as giotto laughs at his own unimpressive, mud-besmirched appearance clearly, he would have been.
Though his father intended for him to study banking, boccaccio convinced his father to permit him to study law as a student, he was introduced to the french influenced neapolitan nobility of robert of anjou (also known as robert the wise , king of naples from 1309 – 1343. ''three crowns'' of the italian literary canon (after petrarch and dante), yet his focus on the realistic, even abstract this essay argues that the celebrated realism of boccaccio's decameron responds to the new prominence of boccaccio's mimetic art remains preoccupied by rhetorical verisimilitude while it's true that. Boccaccio probably conceived of the decameron after the epidemic of 1348, and completed it by 1353 the various tales of love in the decameron range from the erotic to the tragic tales of wit, practical jokes, and life lessons contribute to the mosaic in addition to its literary value and widespread influence (for example. By the time the plague reached boccaccio's native florence in 1348, boccaccio had already established his literary reputation and was friend to many influential figures, francesco petrarca (petrarch) among them boccaccio's earlier work was surely innovative, but in the decameron we see a new trajectory, undoubtedly.