This site uses technical, analytics and third-party cookies.
By continuing to browse, you accept the use of cookies.

Preferences cookies

“Raffaello as a Poet, the complexity of an artist”, lecture by Stefano Jossa, Royal Holloway, University of London (IIC MONTREAL WEBINAR SERIES)

A Zoom webinar with STEFANO JOSSA, Royal Holloway, University of London.

The Italian Cultural Institute of Montreal, in collaboration and the Italian Cultural Institutes in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington D.C. are pleased to present the conference, by Prof. Stefano Jossa entitled: “Raffaello as a Poet, the complexity of an artist”.

The event will be moderated by Dario Brancato (Concordia University, Montreal).

Thursday, June 25th, 3:00 pm EST

Click here to register.

It is rarely acknowledged by critics, but Raphael was a writer too. He drafted six love sonnets alongside the sketches of The Disputation of the Holy Sacrament at the time when he reached the court of Pope Julius II. Petrarchan in style and dedicated to his beloved La Fornarina, the sonnets demonstrate Raphael’s engagement with courtly literature. In this lecture, I shall explore the interaction between Raphael’s poems and his painting, with a closer look at their reception, adaptation and appropriation by later artist, in order to demonstrate that painting and poetry went hand in hand in his experience.

Stefano Jossa is Reader in Italian at Royal Holloway, University of London. He specialises in the Italian Renaissance and the Italian national identity expressed through literature. He is the author of L’Italia letteraria (Il Mulino, 2006), Ariosto (il Mulino, 2009) and Un Paese senza Eroi: L’Italia da Jacopo Ortis a Montalbano (Laterza, 2013). He has also edited and co-authored the following books: with Claudia Boscolo, Scritture di resistenza. Sguardi politici dalla narrativa italiana contemporanea (Carocci, 2014); with Giuliana Pieri, Chivalry, Academy, and Cultural Dialogues: The Italian Contribution to European Modernity (Legenda, 2016); and, with Jane E. Everson e Andrew Hiscock, Ariosto, the Orlando Furioso and English Culture (Oxford, 2019). He held the De Sanctis Chair at the Polytechnic (ETH) of Zurich and was Visiting Professor at the University of Parma and Roma Tre. His most recent book is La più bella del mondo. Perché amare la lingua italiana (Einaudi, 2018).

Dario Brancato is Associate Professor of Italian Literature at Concordia University, Montreal. He is an expert of literature and culture in Renaissance Florence, the reception of the Classical tradition (Boethius and Aristotle in particular) in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and Italian linguistics and dialectology. He has published many articles and one monograph (Il Boezio di Benedetto Varchi. Edizione critica del volgarizzamento della Consolatio Philosophiae (1551), Olschki, 2018), and collaborates with several research centres in Europe and North America. In 2014-2015, he was a recipient of a fellowship at Villa I Tatti in Florence (Harvard University).

The event is organized by the Italian Cultural Institute of Montreal with the Italian Cultural Institutes in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Toronto & Washington D.C.

  • Organized by: Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Montréal
  • In collaboration with: Italian Cultural Institutes in Chicago, Los Angele