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IMAGE number
WGL190596
Title
The Decameron, 1916 (oil on canvas)
Artist
Waterhouse, John William (1849-1917) / English
Location
Lady Lever Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool
Medium
oil on canvas
Date
1916 (C20th)
Dimensions
101x159 cms
Description
‘The Decameron’ is a collection of 100 tales by the 14th-century Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375). A group of seven young women and three men have fled to the countryside to escape the plague in Florence in 1348. They amused themselves by each reciting one story a day for ten days. The word Decameron combines the two Greek words for ‘ten’ and ‘day’. Each day one member of the party led the group and was given a crown to signify his or her authority. Waterhouse shows the group seated together on the grass telling their tales.
Credit
Bridgeman Images
Keywords
garden / girl / women / telling story / during plague in florence / musician / young / crown / character / music / medieval costume / romantic / pre-raphaelite / girls / lute / characters / fountain / listening / minstrel / 1313-75 / troubadour / giovanni boccaccio / scene
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