Scattered Rhymes

Two printed pages with the beginning of Petrarch's Canzone 323, Standomi Un Giorno. Petrarch is depicted at his window, overlooking the first of his six visions.

Unrequited love can crush a person’s soul. Not for Petrarch, who channeled it to provide us one of the most celebrated poetry collections; the poetry that is personal, original, fleeting, and encompasses all possible depiction of emotions that love, desire, and hope can bring forth.

First Humanist

Petrarch initiated renaissance humanism through his passion for classical antiquity.

Petrarch’s passion for classical antiquity fueled his search for Greek and Roman manuscripts. He discovered Cicero’s letters in 1345 and this paved the path towards Renaissance humanism.