Vanitas Loquelae - 2016 / Acrylic on wood / 40x31x57 cmVanitas Loquelae - 2016 / Acrylic on wood / 40x31x57 cmVanitas Loquelae - 2016 / Acrylic on wood / 40x31x57 cm

Vanitas Loquelae – idDante

‘Vanitas Loquelae’ is a piece inspired by the life of Dante Alighieri and featured in the collective exhibition idDante hosted in Ravenna (Italy), the city in which the poet spent his last years and eventually passed away.

A show entirely dedicated to the portrait of one of the fathers of modern Italian language, following a recent accurate facial reconstruction based on the poet’s skull made by Bologna University.

This work focuses intentionally on the skull, rather than a romantic interpretation of Dante’s face as seen in many paintings throughout centuries. The topic of death and the path from its lowest to the highest spiritual edge have been crucial to the completion of the piece, that pays homage to classic vanitas paintings as well as to the philosophical concepts related to the caducity of life and earthly glory.