Poisons in Literature and Iconography during the Age of Pietro D' Abano

Pietro Morpurgo


The fear of poisons belongs to the scientific knowledge from Antiquity till the Modern Era. Here the reader will find sources and resources on the idea of poisons; from Nicander of Colofon to Paolo Uccello. This pape rely on literary sources that have been part of the scientific milieu of Pietro dAbano and his commentators: Cecco dAscoli, Guido da Pisa, Gregorio dArezzo, Jean de Mandeville. The essay describes illuminated manuscripts and masterpieces of art witnessing the concern for poisons.  Key words: Poisons - Theriaka - Miasma - Elements - Dragons - Black Death

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