Beatrice was the principal inspiration for Dante Alighieri. Beautiful buste of Dante’s muse, Signed ‘Prof. E. Brinelli, Firenze Italia’.
Beautiful buste of Dante’s muse. Signed ‘Prof. E. Brinelli, Firenze Italia’.
The ‘father’ of the Italian language, Dante Alighieri was born in Florence in 1265. His most famous poem, ‘The Divine Comedy’, is one of the greatest works of world literature. His vision about the afterlife was an inspiration to the art world for centuries to go. Dante died and was buried in Ravenna in 1321.
The story goes that the principal inspiration for ‘Vita Nova’ also written by Dante, was Beatrice di Folco Portinari. Beatrice appears in ‘The Divine Comedy’ as well. But not much is known about her, although she inspired many artist particularly some pre-Raphaelite masters to paint her portrait.
Currently on view in The Portrait Painting Gallery in Barga, Tuscany.