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Per il Monte di Petrarca di Giuseppe Bossi

digital Per il Monte di Petrarca di Giuseppe Bossi
issue ARTE LOMBARDA - 2018 - 3
title Per il Monte di Petrarca di Giuseppe Bossi
For the Mount of Petrarca by Giuseppe Bossi
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Publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 05-2019
doi 10.26350/666112_000025
issn 0004-3443 (print) | 2785-1117 (digital)
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In 1806 Giuseppe Bossi (1777-1815) was commissioned a series of paintings by Gaetano Battaglia, a Milanese Napoleonic commander, in order to praise the literary champions of the Italian Nation. The Scuola letteraria italiana (Italian literary school) was supposed to have been made up of the Schools (or Apotheosis or Mounts) of Dante, Petrarca, Boccaccio and Ariosto. As is so often the case with Bossi’s projects, even this one remained unfinished. This four-handed article highlights some pivotal literary and graphic pieces of information. In particular, thanks to these newly-rediscovered evidences it is now possible to know what the Mount of Petrarca looked like and to retrace its collecting and material history, until its destruction because of the bombs which devastated Milan in August 1943. In addition to that, the drawings inv. 1127 bis E 13 bis recto and verso kept in the Milanese Civico Gabinetto dei Disegni, Castello Sforzesco, and cat. 297, 364 and 368 in the Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe, Accademia di Brera have been for the first time recognized as sketches for the Schools of Dante and Boccaccio: this makes it possible to imagine what the two compositions looked like (even if only partially). From the stylistic point of view, the only help comes for now from the Apotheosis of Ariosto kept at the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana (Milan), the one and only cartoon drawing from the original series which survived the centuries.