Giovanni Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio. Genealogia deorum. Venice, 1472.

Giovanni Boccaccio. Genealogia deorum. Venice, 1472.

Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375). In his Geneologiae deorum, Boccaccio compiled a vast store of tales concerning the lives and loves of the Greco-Roman gods. The work is humanist in spirit and medieval in structure. Although Boccaccio was hindered by his ignorance of Greek, his genealogy became a standard reference for artists and poets and may be considered one of the first works of modern classical scholarship.This is the first printed edition and is the work of Vindelinus de Spira, who was printing in Venice from 1470 to 1477. The genealogical tree is drawn and illuminated by hand.