23Pur13to15W11 - ENVY: BLINDNESS AND LIGHT Purgatorio 13-15...

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E NVY : BLINDNESS AND LIGHT Purgatorio 13-15 1
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B AS - RELIEFS ON TERRACE OF P RIDE VISIBILE PARLARE (10.94) 2 Art’s rivalry with Nature Not only Polycletus, but even Nature (10.32) Rivalry among the sister arts What can painting do that poetry can’t? What can poetry do that painting can’t? Motion, time, narrative (10.46; 49, 53, 70)
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P RIDE IN A RT : T HE T ERRACE OF P RIDE ( CANTO 11.73-99) 14th c. commentator on Dante (L’Ottimo): a man can be proud “even for excellence in manual arts” Fame and recognition: e videmi e conobbemi 76 l’onor d’Agobbio 80 Vainglory 91 Name e muta nome perché muta lato 102 Artists/artisans Oderisi da Gubbio … Franco Bolognese Cimabue … Giotto Guido… Guido… ? Dante’s self-implication la gloria della lingua, e forse è nato (11.98); (13.137-8) 3
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13 EXAMPLES OF PRIDE P URGATORIO 12.25-63 12 + 1, 3 groups of 4 1. Lucifer, Briareus, the giants, Nimrod Punished by God 2. Niobe, Saul, Arachne, Rehoboam Punished by their own conscience 3. Alcmaeon/Eriphyle, Sennacherib, Cyrus, Holofernes Punished by their enemies +1 Troy 4
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Pavement tomb of the old church of Santa Reparata in Florence (under the Duomo) 5 P AVEMENT TOMBS 12.16-24 Morti li morti e i vivi parean vivi 12.64-69
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13 EXAMPLES OF PRIDE P URGATORIO 12.25-63 acrostic V O M ( uom ) 6
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C ANTO 12 Beatitudes Spiritu pauperes beati 110 Erasure of the P 98, 121-126 7
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P RIDE :I NVOLVEMENT WITH THE SIN 11.120 13.136-138 Dante’s great-grandfather, Alighiero, is here (we are told only later Par 15.91-96) Forse è nato 11.96-98 8
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P RIDE IN H ELL ? 9
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P URGATORIO 13-15 Terrace of Envy Non-seeing Sin of the city Infernal oppositions: Pier delle Vigne, treachery Physical light and metaphysical light 10
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C ANTO 13: E NVY INVIDIA = NON - SEEING Erasure “No shade is there, nor any sign to be seen: the bank and the road appear bare, with only the livid color of the rock” (13.7-9) Cf. white marble, sculpted surface of terrace of pride. “livid” with envy 11
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C ANTO 13: E NVY SHADOW AND LIGHT Erasure “No shade is there, nor any sign to be seen: the bank and the road appear bare, with only the livid color of the rock” (13.7-9) No one to help us. What’ll we do? Look at the sun directly O dolce lume 16-21 12
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IGHT Virgil’s prayer to the sun (13.16-21) O dolce lume You be the guide You warm the world and give it light Your ways should be our guide If some other reason does not outweigh it to the contrary Is this pagan idolatry? 13
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