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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 34 n° 276

Michelangelo: His Poetry and His World

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 20 novembre 2014

michelangelo_poesie_bisToronto Wednesday, November 19, 2014 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm Istituto Italiano di Cultura – 496 Huron Street Free admission . On the occasion of the exhibition Michelangelo: Quest for Genius, which features 30 drawings from Casa Buonarroti in Florence, held at the Art Gallery of Ontario (October 18–January 11), the Istituto Italiano di Cultura presents Michelangelo: His Poetry and His World, a talk by Sarah Rolfe Prodan (University of Toronto). In addition to being an artistic genius, Michelangelo was a determined and distinctive poet. The verses he left behind include spontaneously scribbled fragments near drawings and on the reverse of letters as well as more laboriously developed compositions, written and re-written multiple times and in different conceptual directions. Ranging broadly from highly expressive and entertaining ludic pieces, through philosophically profound and technologically precise reflections on art and artistic creation, to some of the most complex and compelling spiritual poetry and amorous verses in the Italian language, Michelangelo’s writings were put to music by two of the foremost composers of his day. Since the public first received his poetry in this way, it has been seen as a personal diary, on the one hand, and as a serious literary corpus on the other. Through an examination of Michelangelo’s poetic activity – his verses, the pages on which they were composed, and their fortune– this talk will shed light on the artist, his work and his world. The present talk aims to complement the AGO exhibit Michelangelo: Quest for Genius (October 18 – January 11), which features 30 drawings from the Casa Buonarroti in Florence that together highlight the artist’s genius and his creative process. In concurrence the Istituto Italiano di Cultura presents the photographic exhibition Michelangelo through the lens of Aurelio Amendola (October 1 – January 12).
Sarah Rolfe Prodan is a post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at Victoria University in the University of Toronto, where she has designed and taught cultural history courses for the Renaissance Studies Program and lectured on Italian language and literature. Her research interests include Michelangelo, spirituality and the intersection of literature and art in the Italian religious culture of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. She is the author of Michelangelo’s Christian Mysticism: Spirituality, Poetry and Art in Sixteenth-Century Italy (Cambridge University Press, 2014), which won the 2013 Modern Language Association’s Scaglione Publication Award for a manuscript in Italian literary studies.


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