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DANTE AND THE PAINTING OF THE XIV° CENTURY NARDO DI CIONE: THE FRESCOES OF THE STROZZI CHAPELSANTA MARIA NOVELLA,FLORENCE,1352-57

"Dante’s Comedy has been, since almost 700 years (considered) “Divine” by Humanity. Is Divine on its poetical style ,on its content, and on the perfect unity between them. Seven hundred years ago, precisley , on the first holy year begins the grandiose mystical journey, on wich he passionately, desperately indeed, tries to find the Truth, the aim of human life, for himself and for all of us, up until today. Dante, who comes from a noble family and has received an excellent teaching at the Dominican school, in the monastery of Santa Maria Novella in Florence during the seventies of the 200.,felt a great responsibility for the life of his beloved town Florence, and as a real poet , for all humanity. As he knew the great difficulties as well as the pains of human life also because of personal experiences ,he gave to his contemporaries, and to us today, with his expressive voice, a teaching on how to lead life that is unique and extraordinary. He follows the lesson of the Church, especially the grandiose Summa Theologica by Tommaso d’Aquino, the celebrated dominican scholar(learned man) who died at the time of Dante’s childhood. Dante too makes a Summa of human life according to the experience of History in order to show the right path to his contemporaries and to the next(future) generations. He represents men’s aspiration to happiness in real terms, by mentioning people known by everybody and characterizing them through an high artistic level. Following the suggestions of the highly considered poet Virgil, he becomes acquainted with the consequences of the Sin in Hell, with his Guide; then through the Path of Purgatory and the Path of Light he reaches the beatifying vision of God.[...]"
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Author:
Prof. Maria Prokopp
Download the entire article (English or Italian): Dante and the Painting.doc   Dante e la Pittura.doc

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