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‘The beauty I saw …’ (Paradiso XXX, 19) The Divine Comedy and Ravenna’s Mosaics

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During his stay in Ravenna the Supreme Poet certainly visited the beautiful Byzantine basilicas drawing inspiration from their mosaics.
It was Giovanni Pascoli who suggested the importance of Ravenna’s art as the source of inspiration for the last canticle of the Comedy.

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During his stay in Ravenna the Supreme Poet certainly visited the beautiful Byzantine basilicas drawing inspiration from their mosaics.
It was Giovanni Pascoli who suggested the importance of Ravenna’s art as the source of inspiration for the last canticle of the Comedy.
Dante is a careful observer of every art form, a draughtsman himself and necessarily sensitive to that rich repertoire of highly evocative images, which for him had the same influence as a written source. In Ravenna, the poet in exile found not only a quiet refuge. In the basilicas of the fifth and sixth centuries, which still stood noble and precious, there were mosaics with a strong symbolic content. They were concise and luminous images, dematerialized and devoid of all those sensual elements that could somehow hinder the expression of transcendence and spirituality.
This exhibition helps to understand how that universe of symbols and triumphs, hidden by the humble brick of Ravenna’s monuments, occupies a not episodic  but substantial role in the Comedy as an inspiring source of sublime images from the Earthly Paradise to the Empyrean.

Anno: 2018 – 144 pagine

Formato: 19,7 x 24,5 cm

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Dimensions 22 × 21 cm
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English, Italiano

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