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An exclusive view on The Decameron of

                                                Giovanni Boccaccio, the most enjoyable

                                                anthology of 100 stories ever composed in the

                                                wake of the Black Death (c.1348-1353) on

                                               101 etchings by Petru Russu (c.1985-1986)

              Sandro Botticelli, Italian Quattrocento painter, painted                    also reinterpreted the Decameron. It stands out: the
              several pictures illustrating stories of the Decameron.                     famous painting by John William Waterhouse, A Tale
              History Nastgio degli Onesti is the most praised,                           from Decameron. In ancient castles Italian frescoes
              illustrates the fifth story of the Fourth Day (Hell of cruel                illustrating the Decamerón decorating the rooms, in the

              lovers) in which a young man in love with a lady but                        exterior walls of a house of Stein am Rhein in Canton
              unrequited, viewed as a gentleman and two mastiffs                          Sciaffusa and as decoration of Renaissance furniture.
              chasing a young gentleman gives his heart to feed                          They have also made numerous illustrated editions of

              the dogs. Tables decorated a chest wedding are made                         the Decameron, as the magnificent Celedonio Perellón
              with mixed media on board and are of 1483, of the                           more than one hundred etchings and illustrations of
              Florentine school. They are exposed in the Museo del                        the artist. Some contemporary artists like Dali, Manzù,
              Prado, Madrid. Other artists like Pisanello, Pesellino,                     Guttuso, Chagall, Masuo Ikeda or Petru Russu were
              Signorelli, Ghirlandaio, Filippino Lippi and Carpaccio                      inspired by the text to create some of his compositions.

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