Treasure 8, Wednesday 13 October
The Decameron, by John William Waterhouse, 1916, was shown in a blockbuster exhibition at the Royal; Academy ‘J.W. Waterhouse: A Modern Pre-Raphaelite’.
It was originally bought from the artist by Lord Leverhulme in 1916, soon after the painting was finished. Now it is in the collection of the Lady Lever Art Gallery.
It is inspired by the Decameron, a 14th century Italian collection of risqué stories. The lute player is telling one of the Decameron’s stories to a group on young women. Find out more about the Decameron.