Two Miniature Antique Lead Relief Oval Portrait Plaques of Dante and Beatrice, Circa 1900Two Miniature Antique Lead Relief Oval Portrait Plaques of Dante and Beatrice, Circa 1900Two Miniature Antique Lead Relief Oval Portrait Plaques of Dante and Beatrice, Circa 1900Two Miniature Antique Lead Relief Oval Portrait Plaques of Dante and Beatrice, Circa 1900Two Miniature Antique Lead Relief Oval Portrait Plaques of Dante and Beatrice, Circa 1900Two Miniature Antique Lead Relief Oval Portrait Plaques of Dante and Beatrice, Circa 1900Two Miniature Antique Lead Relief Oval Portrait Plaques of Dante and Beatrice, Circa 1900Two Miniature Antique Lead Relief Oval Portrait Plaques of Dante and Beatrice, Circa 1900Two Miniature Antique Lead Relief Oval Portrait Plaques of Dante and Beatrice, Circa 1900Two Miniature Antique Lead Relief Oval Portrait Plaques of Dante and Beatrice, Circa 1900

Two Miniature Antique Lead Relief Oval Portrait Plaques of Dante and Beatrice, Circa 1900

These attractive portrait plaques are of Dante and Beatrice. These high relief portrait ovals vary in size but this couple makes a pair. Cast in relief in the form of Dante Allighieri and his lover and muse ' Beatrice ' Bice di Folco Portinari of Florence....(more historical details below)

Measurements:
Dante- 5"h x 4"w x 1/4"d
Beatrice- 4 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 1/8"d

Condition: Good. No chips or breaks of any kind. Mild wear due to age.

..."Beatrice, identified as Beatrice Portinari, the daughter of a noble Florentine family, who married Simone de’ Bardi and died at the age of 24 on June 8, 1290. Dante wrote a chronicle of his relationship with her in La vita nuova (c. 1293; The New Life), a prose work interlaced with lyrics. Dante tells of his meetings with her, praises her beauty and goodness, describes his own intense reactions to her kindness or lack of it, tells of events in both their lives, and explains the nature of his feelings for her. La vita nuova also tells of the day when Dante was informed of her death and contains several anguished poems written after that event. In the final chapter, Dante vows to write nothing further of Beatrice until he writes “concerning her what hath not before been written of any woman.” The promise is fulfilled in La divina commedia, which he composed many years later, expressing his exalted and spiritual love for Beatrice, who is his intercessor in the Inferno, his goal in traveling through Purgatorio, and his guide through Paradiso. At first sight of her, in Purgatorio, he is as overwhelmed as he was at the age of nine, and he is dazzled by her presence throughout the journey, until she ascends again to her place in heaven. This expression of sublimated and spiritualized love ends with Dante’s total absorption in the divine."

ITEM ID
61
COLOR
Gray
ITEM TYPE
Antique

Two Miniature Antique Lead Relief Oval Portrait Plaques of Dante and Beatrice, Circa 1900

$75


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