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A Dante Quartet - I Corinna Salvadori Lonergan - Dante, Florence and the Florin

Data:

03/06/2015


A Dante Quartet - I Corinna Salvadori Lonergan - Dante, Florence and the Florin

"Bewitched by greed and blinded ‘neath its sway"

a lecture by Professor Corinna Salvadori Lonergan

From the opening of Dante’s Commedia, with the pilgrim’s ascent towards light blocked by a she-wolf, symbol of insatiable greed, the entire work can be read as one great condemnation of this powerful motivation of human action. In opposition to the predatory lupa, Dante presents the patron saint of Florence, John the Baptist, as the embodiment of ascetic spirituality, and it is the Baptistry, his ‘bel San Giovanni’, that becomes the icon of the city that excluded him. Problematical is the gold florin, symbol of the city’s international standing and wealth, as it bears the effigy of the gran Giovanni.Professor Corinna Salvadori Lonergan is Emeritus Fellow at Trinity College, Dublin. She has published on Dante (and Beckett), Lorenzo de’ Medici, Castiglione (and Yeats), Michelangelo; she has translated works by Lorenzo de’ Medici and Poliziano’s Orfeo into English verse.

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Data: Mer 3 Giu 2015

Ingresso : Libero


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