Petrarch and the Sciences
Giulia Perucchi holds a PhD in Humanist Philology (University of Messina) and a Laurea in Medieval and Humanist Philology (University of Florence). She has held fellowships from the Warburg Institute, the Herzog August Bibliothek (Wolfenbüttel), the Forschungszentrum Gotha. She is the author of Petrarca e le arti figurative. De remediis utriusque Fortune I 37-42 (Le Lettere, 2014) and of the editio princeps of Petrarch’s autograph annotations on Pliny’s Naturalis historia. She wrote several articles on Petrarch, Boccace and Humanism. Her research pays attention to the reuse of the Classics, both in Literature, Science and Figurative Arts, during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
This project will delve into the field of Petrarch’s scientific learning, a neglected side of the humanist’s erudition. The research will evaluate the scientifical texts that Petrarch read and annotated, his technical capacities, the context in which he learned and shared them, and their resonance in his literary works.