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Raffaello poeta, la complessità di un artista



Raffaello poeta, la complessità di un artista

"Raffaello as a Poet, the Complexity of an Artist", a webinar by Stefano Jossa.


The event will be moderated by Dario Brancato (Concordia University, Montreal).

In this lecture, part of the celebrations for the 500th anniversary of Raffaello Sanzio's death -#Raffaello500- Stefano Jossa will explore the interaction between Raphael's poems and his paintings.

Although it is rarely acknowledged by critics, Raphael was a writer, too. He drafted six love sonnets alongside the sketches of The Disputation of the Holy Sacrament. Petrarchan in style and dedicated to his beloved La Fornarina, the sonnets demonstrate Raphael’s engagement with courtly literature.This lecture will explore the interaction between Raphael’s poems and his painting, with a closer look at their adaptation and appropriation by later artists, in order to demonstrate that painting and poetry went hand in hand in Raffaello's experience.

Stefano Jossa is Reader in Italian at Royal Holloway, University of London. He specialises in the Italian Renaissance and the Italian national identity expressed through literature. He is the author of L’Italia letteraria (Il Mulino, 2006), Ariosto (il Mulino, 2009) and Un Paese senza Eroi: L’Italia da Jacopo Ortis a Montalbano (Laterza, 2013). He has also edited and co-authored the following books: with Claudia Boscolo, Scritture di resistenza. Sguardi politici dalla narrativa italiana contemporanea (Carocci, 2014); with Giuliana Pieri, Chivalry, Academy, and Cultural Dialogues: The Italian Contribution to European Modernity (Legenda, 2016); and, with Jane E. Everson e Andrew Hiscock, Ariosto, the Orlando Furioso and English Culture (Oxford, 2019). He held the De Sanctis Chair at the Polytechnic (ETH) of Zurich and was Visiting Professor at the University of Parma and Roma Tre. His most recent book is La più bella del mondo. Perché amare la lingua italiana (Einaudi, 2018).

Dario Brancato is Associate Professor of Italian Literature at Concordia University, Montreal. He is an expert of literature and culture in Renaissance Florence, the reception of the Classical tradition (Boethius and Aristotle in particular) in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and Italian linguistics and dialectology. He has published many articles and one monograph (Il Boezio di Benedetto Varchi. Edizione critica del volgarizzamento della Consolatio Philosophiae (1551), Olschki, 2018), and collaborates with several research centres in Europe and North America. In 2014-2015, he was a recipient of a fellowship at Villa I Tatti in Florence (Harvard University).

The webinar is presented by the network of Italian Cultural Institutes of the US and Canada.



Date: Thursday, June 25, 2020

Time: From 3:00 pm To 4:30 pm

Organized by : IIC

In collaboration with : IIC Nord America-Canada

Entrance : Free


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