“I hope to write of her what never yet was
written of any woman.”
(Dante Alghieri, La Vita Nuova)
At the tender age of nine, Dante Alighieri (1265–1321)
met Beatrice Portinari (1266–1290), declaring to his soul,
“Now is your bliss made manifest,” to which it replied,
“Alas! How often henceforth shall we be troubled.”
Restricted by the dictates of courtly love, Beatrice ignored Dante,
yet she came to embody the divine incarnation of love that inspired
him throughout his life. In Divine Comedy, a literary
masterpiece, Beatrice is Dante's guide on his pilgrimage
through Paradise, leading him finally into the presence of the
Dante, Divina Commedia: Encounter of
Dante and Beatrice
14th century. Venetian School. Illumination.
Libreria Marciana, Venice.