A Giotto Tryptich

A Giotto Tryptich

By W. D. Jackson

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ISBN: 978 1 907356 68 1

In March 1944 the tiny Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, containing Giotto’s greatest frescoes, narrowly escaped destruction by an allied bomb. If the collective state of mind – or ‘culture’ – which led to the great wars of the twentieth century was essentially a post-Renaissance development (“The wish to acquire more is a very natural and common thing, and when men succeed in this they are always praised rather than condemned,” wrote Machiavelli), how are we to understand now what came before our present belief in acquisitiveness if not greed and in the technology which empowers it? Certainly not as a primitive or naïve view of things – as the great masterpieces of the late Middle Ages or early Renaissance go to show… A Giotto Tryptich is the opening section of the first part (entitled The Death of Innocence) of the third book, Opus 3, of W. D. Jackson’s work-in-progress, Then and Now, of which the first two books and a selection from the third have so far been published:

Then and Now – Words in the Dark (2002): “A lovely book, endlessly surpassing in its variety and range, and in the resourcefulness of its rhyming – learned, tough and humane.” John Wakeman, The Shop

From Now to Then (2005): “…a stunning work of astonishing versatility. Jackson is at ease with a whole gamut of verse-forms, styles and techniques.” Matt Simpson, Stride

Boccaccio in Florence and Other Poems (2009): “A richly layered book. Scrupulous, intent, ambitious… It is the interweaving of life and art, and the challenges it presents, including that of bestowing praise rather than apportioning blame, which gives Jackson’s work its authority and fundamental optimism.” Lawrence Sail, The
Warwick Review