Giovanni Boccaccio was a 13th century Italian poet and scholar who became a diplomat and Florentine ambassador. His work, the Decameron, which was published in 1358 has influenced European literature throughout later centuries. The poets Keats, Tennyson and George Eliot have all written poems on the subject of the Decameron. In a niche along the facade of the Uffizi Gallery stands the statue of Boccaccio. The sculpted figure is the work of the 19th century Italian sculptor Odoardo Fantacchiotti.