Beatrice, the principal inspiration for Dante Alighieri

Beatrice Dante pianting by Andre Romijn
  • Oil and cold wax on paper on multi-panel wood.
  • Original artwork by André Romijn
  • Size: 50 × 40 cm
  • Autograph on front - signed on the back

Artist's description

Original artwork painted by André Romijn. Portrait in oil and cold wax of Beatrice, the principal inspiration for Dante Alighieri.

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, this year exactly 700 years ago. Events commemorating the anniversary of Dante's death will take place (subject to COVID-restrictions) throughout the year 2021 in Florence, Ravenna and other Italian places connected to the poet.

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 Beatrice, although she inspired many artist particularly some pre-Raphaelite masters to paint her portrait.

This portrait has been sold by a private collector in the USA.