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Creator Name: Vasari, Giorgio
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Florentine
Creator Role: painter
Creator Dates/Places: 1511 - 1574
Creator Name-CRT: Giorgio Vasari
Title: Portrait of Six Tuscan Poets
Creation Start Date: 1544
Creation End Date: 1544
Creation Date: 1544
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on panel
Dimensions: H.52 x W.51-5/8 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 71.24
Credit Line: The John R. Van Derlip and William Hood Dunwoody Funds
In this group portrait, six distinguished poets and philosophers of the 13th and 14th centuries are shown as if engaged in a literary conversation. Each was revered for his role in the development of lyric poetry, which helped establish the Tuscan dialect as the standard language in Italy.
The seated figure is Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), author of the Divine Comedy. Facing him is Guido Cavalcanti (about 1255-1300), acclaimed for his love sonnets. The standing figure in clerical garb is the humanist and classical scholar Francesco Petrarch (1304-74); to his right is Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-75), author of the Decameron. All four wear laurel wreaths, symbolic of literary achievement. The figures at the far left are probably Guittone d'Arezzo (1230-94) and Cino da Pistoia (1270-1336), two of the earliest writers of Italian lyric poetry.
The objects on the table represent various scholarly disciplines. The solar quadrant and celestial globe denote astronomy and astrology; the compass and terrestrial globe, geometry and geography; the books, grammar and rhetoric.
Acquired in 1971 71.24
AMICA ID: MIA_.71.24
Component Measured: overall
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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