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Boccaccio autore e copista

Teresa De Robertis, Carla Maria Monti, Marco Petoletti, Giuliano Tanturli, Stefano Zamponi

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edited by Teresa De Robertis, Carla Maria Monti, Marco Petoletti, Giuliano Tanturli and Stefano Zamponi

Exhibition catalogue: Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana
11 October 2013- 11 January 2014

paperback
24,5 x 29 cm, 446 pp.
colour illustrations

isbn 978-88-7461-213-0 Italian

Each era has had its own Boccaccio, meaning that it has appreciated and focused on one aspect of his oeuvre. Therefore, the 700th anniversary of his birth – Boccaccio was born early in the summer of 1313 – became the perfect opportunity to redefine his profile. The exhibition staged at the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana was part of a broad and articulated programme of events long in the making, some of which already implemented as the date of the centenary approached. The catalogue expands this research far beyond the boundaries of the exhibition for a more in-depth study. More than 80 codices are examined and described from a codicological and philological standpoint, with entries that accompany the introductory essays aimed at examining various aspects of Boccaccio’s life. The first section of the catalogue presents vernacular works in chronological order and the second illustrates Latin works. Each work is accompanied by an introductory essay and the description of one or more manuscripts. The essays are distinguished by their programmatic approach, examining the nature, content and textual tradition of each work, with reference to the most recent studies.

Boccaccio’s activity as a copyist and publisher of Dante and Petrarch, and the biographer and commentator of Dante is documented in the third section, while the fourth one is devoted to the Zibaldoni. The fifth section, introduced by a general essay on Boccaccio as a copyist, surveys all the library’s known manuscripts, autograph or annotated, most of which bear witness to classical Latin authors. The appendices present numerous documents, some of which previously unpublished, on the author’s life and the inventory of the parva libraria of the convent of Santo Spirito in Florence, which received most of his library.