Designing Petrarch: The RVF and Trionfi in early print, 1471-1501

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This paper will consider the visual design of the early printed tradition of Petrarch’s vernacular works, constructing visual affinities and genealogies between the various editions, and problematizing them in relation to the printed works of the other two corone during the same period. Scholars such as E. H. Wilkins, and more recently, Wayne Storey, Teodolinda Barolini, and Isabella Magni have modelled the visual dimensions of the Petrarchan canzoniere in its manuscript forms, yet the print tradition has been relatively less studied. Drawing on approaches from book history, graphic design, and digital humanities, I will assess whether an analysis which emphasizes the visual and informational, rather than the philological, can offer us new perspectives on Petrarch and his reception, both in the fifteenth and twenty-first centuries.
Period27 Jun 2019
Event titleBiennial conference of the Society of Italian Studies
Event typeConference
LocationEdinburgh, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational