Even before the invention of printing books were "love's purveyors." Was it not a book that sent Paolo and Francesca
for ever wandering on that stormy wind of passion and of death?
I took my sad heart's fill of the sad story of "Paolo and Francesca
," which I already knew in Leigh Hunt's adorable dilution, and most of the lines read themselves into my memory, where they linger yet.
He considered with some irony the philosophy which he had developed for himself, for it had not been of much use to him in the conjuncture he had passed through; and he wondered whether thought really helped a man in any of the critical affairs of life: it seemed to him rather that he was swayed by some power alien to and yet within himself, which urged him like that great wind of Hell which drove Paolo and Francesca
New to this year's fair is the Rome-based dealer Paolo Antonacci, which presents Paolo and Francesca
surprised by Gianciotto Malatesta, dated around 1780, by Giuseppe Cades (1750-99; Fig.
Thus, Paolo and Francesca
, forever fused to each other, are blown about by hot hurricane winds, as punishment for the adultery that once swept them away.
The Rodin Museum, Paris: Home to Rodin's The Kiss sculpture (left), which was inspired by Dante's tale of Paolo and Francesca
, lovers entwined for eternity in the Inferno.
are waiting; a tree in a field of wax and a sea that could melt are waiting; but more than the others, Paolo and Francesca
, draped over dusty crimson pallets, are waiting, enthralled under glass by our pitiful beauty.
Amid the numerous critical commentaries on the Paolo and Francesca
episode published in recent years, Professor Baldelli's monograph on Inferno V is admirable, among other things, for its frank and enthusiastic elucidation of the nuanced wordplay, technical virtuosity, and metrical sophistication of the much-loved canto.
Gall"; Felicia Bonaparte, "The (Fai)Lure of the Aesthetic Ideal and the (Re)Formation of Art: The Medieval Paradigm that Frames The Picture of Dorian Gray"; William Calin, "Dante on the Edwardian Stage: Stephen Phillip's Paolo and Francesca
"; Kathleen Verduin, "Medievalism, Classicism, and the Fiction of E.M.