Inventory number
P02839
Author
Botticelli, Sandro
Title
The Story of Nastagio degli Onesti (II)
Chronology
Ca. 1483
Technique
Mixed Media
Support
Panel
Dimensions
82 cm x 138 cm
School
Italian
Theme
Literature
On display
Yes
Provenance
Pucci collection (Florencia), 1868; Alexander Barker collection, 1868-1879; I. R. Leyland collection, 1879-1892; G. Aynard, 1892; Spiridon collection (Berlin), 1893-1929; Francisco de Asís Cambó collection, 1929-1941. Donation by Francisco de Asís Cambó Batlle, 1941

These panels (P02838, P02839, P02840), along with a fourth one in a private collection, illustrate the “Story of Nastagio degl Onesti”, the eighth novel of the fifth day of Boccaccio's Decameron. This is the story of Nastagio, a young man from Ravenna who was rejected by the daughter of Paolo Traversari and abandoned the city to settle on its outskirts.

In the second Panel, Nastagio runs away in fright after witnessing the scene, while the persecution begins again in the background. After his initial sense of repulsion, Nastagio decides to take advantage of the story and invites his beloved the come there for a meal with her family.

These paintings were commissioned in 1483 by Antonio Pucci for the marriage of his son, Giannozzo, with Lucrezia Bini. The coats of arms of both families flank those of the Medici on the third panel. Specialists see Botticelli's hand in the overall design and in certain figures. They also detect the participation of his assistants, Bartolomeo di Giovanni and Jacopo del Sellaio.

 
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