This image appeared as the frontispiece to Lorenzo Lippi's posthumously published comic-heroic poem, "Il Malmantile Racquistato." The work was first released in 1676 under the pseudonym "Perlone Zipoli," an anagram of the author's name. The fanciful and linguistically inventive poem tells the story of a valiant poet who aids in the recapture of a fallen kingdom and earns the hand of its rightful queen. Crowned in laurels, the poet appears within the print under a hanging sign bearing the work's title, seated beneath a ledge on which a monkey works a mortar and pestle. This allegorical scene contains references to theater, literature, art, and medicine, while the poem itself contains numerous references to tarot and astrology.
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