Inspiration and Obsession: Dante, Rodin and Rossetti
A virtual salon of art and ideas to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the Divine Comedy Sunday, September 13, 10:30-Noon on ZOOM $30.00
To honor the 700th anniversary of the Divine Comedy, Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D will lead a salon tracing the enduring legacy of Dante's masterpiece on two of the most important artists of the 19th century: sculptor Auguste Rodin, and the Pre-Raphaelite poet/painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti .
Rodin's life-long obsession with Dante and the Divine Comedy was the source of many of his most magnificent creations. In this riveting ninety-minute art and culture salon we will explore the fascinating story of how Dante's genius leaped across the centuries to inspire Rodin as he created his mostthe iconic masterpieces, including "The Thinker" -- a work originally titled "The Poet" that was his portrait in bronze of Dante in the act of dreaming up the Divine Comedy. We will discover the dramatic story of how the tumultuous relationship between Rodin and his muse and collaborator Camille Claudel bore an uncanny parallel with the characters they were carving that depicted the doomed lovers of Dante's circle of Lust.
Recommended viewing in preparation: the film Camille Claudel
Dante Gabriel Rossetti inherited both his name and his passion for the Divine Comedy from his father, an Itaian scholar. Rossetti's painting below is his depiction of the same doomed lovers that so obsessed Rodin and Claudel
Rossetti's own life was imprinted with the idea of finding a muse, and following in Dante's footsteps, his own personal grief and tragedy became the brilliant creative inspiration for transforming loss into beauty- a lesson we can all use in these challenging times.