Antonio Pucci (poet)

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Antonio Pucci (c. 1310 – 1388) was a Florentine bellfounder, self-taught as a versifier, who wrote his collection, Libro di varie storie ("Book of Various Tales"), using a popular dialect for a popular audience. In his Centiloquio he set out in terzinas ninety-one cantos' worth of chronicle from Giovanni Villani's Cronaca. In Le proprietà di Mercato Vecchio he praised, again in terzinas, the incomparable street life of Florence's crowded market piazza. In poems he could blame or praise women with equal force, a favorite medieval trope. He composed cantari in the eight-line stanzas called ottava rima, telling the subjects of courtly romance in a fast-paced narrative, with an undertone of subversive populist skepticism that undercut the very conventions that the stories embraced, full of vivid contemporary color and pious sentiment, and perhaps he declaimed them in the public squares: La Reina d'Oriente, Gismirante, Apollonio di Tiro, Brito di Brettagna, Madonna Lionessa.


  • Libro di varie storie di Antonio Pucci, edited by Alberto Varvaro, Palermo, 1957 (First modern edition).
  • P. Divizia, I quindici segni del Giudizio: appunti sulla tradizione indiretta della Legenda aurea nella Firenze del Trecento, in Studi su volgarizzamenti italiani due-trecenteschi, a cura di P. Rinoldi e G. Ronchi, Roma, Viella, 2005, pp. 47–64.
  • E. H. Gombrich, “Giotto's Portrait of Dante?” Burlington Magazine, Vol. 121, No. 917 (Aug., 1979), pp. 471–483. (Pucci's poem on a portrait of Dante by Giotto)
  • Levin, Joan: Antonio Pucci. In: Kleinhenz, Christopher (ed.): Medieval Italy. An encyclopedia. Routledge, 2004, ISBN 0-415-93930-5, pp. 42–43 (online at Google Books)

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