Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Cangrande della Scala - autopsy of a XIV century Italian knight
while researching the equestrian statues from the Medieval period, mostly from the Italian states, I came across this very unusual article(in pdf) authored by Gino Fornaciari et al. A different version of this study via academia.edu.
The article is a step by step presentation of the autopsy of the preserved 'mummy' of the XIV century Veronese prince and knight Cangrande della Scala, who was a very active warrior , statesman and the Ghibeline League supporter - his last deed was to take Treviso, in Veneto, and if you traveling in Italy do visit, it is a lovely small city with good cuisine and nice people (visited last year).
immortalized in the Decamoron and the Divina Comedia, and in this funerary equestrian monument.
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giving a sens of the richness and beauty of his chivalrous appearance.
all images are from Wikimedia Commons