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Dante & Beatrice

Sales price € 16,50

Statue of Dante and Beatrice
Height (incl. pedestal): 3.1 inches (8 cm)
Width: 3.9 inches (10 cm)
Length: 2 inches (5 cm)
Base: 3.9 x 2 x 0.8 inches (10 x 5 x 2 cm)
Material bust: ceramic plaster
Material base: granite
Weight: 0.14 lbs

Dante and Beatrice, the most famous lovers of the literary world!

Dante Alighieri has known only one real love in his life: Beatrice Portinari. He first saw her when he was just 9 years old. It was love at first sight. Beatrice married someone else and so did Dante. Dante’s autobiographic text Vita Nuova (The new life, written in 1293 – 1294) is dedicated completely to Beatrice. In it Dante expresses his pure and abstract love (courtly love) for her. Dante claims to have seen Beatrice only twice in his life. Beatrice died in 1290. The poetry in Vita Nuova is of a phenomenal beauty.

Tell her: "My lady, this one's heart has stayed
so true and undeterred,
to serve you each thought pressed him with its seal:
from his first years he was yours; he's never strayed."
If she won't take your word,
tell her: "Ask Love, who knows the truth for real."
And finally present this meek appeal:
that if I've bored her with my alibi,
she tell me through an envoy I should die,
and I'll obey—a servant's paragon.

(taken from: http://poems.com/special_features/prose/essay_frisardi.php)