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The Genius of Michelangelo

Classical western art, as we perceive it today, owns its grandiose impact on European culture mainly because of two great epochs – the ancient Greece antiquity and the Italian Renaissance. Of course, meanwhile, the nature of art was a subject of an infinite amount of transformations and metamorphosis, but the idea of Art as the peak of human genius and highest ideal was the fundamental achievement of these two periods. Human imagination thrived with great enthusiasm, devotion, and unlimited possibilities! Humanitarian concepts raised the understanding of human beings as the wreath of Nature, and the greatest goal – the pursuit after the perfection of both knowledge and artistic expression. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Florence was the main center of Art and Renaissance thought. Annually, hundreds of artists, poets, and philosophers appeared on the scene. Some of them are still among the most eminent painters, sculptors, and thinkers as Donatello, Brunelleschi, Marsilio Ficino, Leonardo Da Vinci, and many others. Nevertheless the imposing company, there was one artist who dared to break through the limits of what was then possible in fine arts and architecture. His name was Michelangelo and he became one of the greatest sources of inspiration for later artists and researchers.

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The Florentine Walls of Michelangelo - Because David is Too Mainstream

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The Un-Ordinary Art of Michelangelo

We have all heard about David, Pieta, and the Sistine Chapel. Or maybe not all. If you have lived all your life in a cave in the vicinity of an isolated village, where the only electricity around is from the lightnings during a storm, you probably haven't. But then you wouldn't be reading this and would just have the feeling, that you are missing something out. What not many of us have heard about, are two places in Florence, where the Renaissance genius has left his mark in a rather unusual way. This is what we are going to explore today.

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Dante Alighieri – the Medieval father of Humanism

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The spirit of early Humanism

"Now you must cast aside your laziness,"
my master said, "for he who rests on down
or under covers cannot come to fame;
and he who spends his life without renown
leaves such a vestige of himself on earth
as smoke bequeaths to air or foam to water.
Therefore, get up; defeat your breathlessness
with spirit that can win all battles if
the body's heaviness does not deter it.
A longer ladder still is to be climbed;
it's not enough to have left them behind;
if you have understood, now profit from it."

― Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy


In 2021, we mark seven hundred years since the loss of one of the symbols of literature and Humanism, and arguably the greatest and most influential poet of the Western world - Dante Alighieri (c. 1265 -1321). This year's edition of our conference SWS Florence will present to you the Special Scientific Session: Dante Alighieri – the Medieval father of Humanism. We invite you to join us in our journey through the Magical World of the Italian Renaissance!


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Florence - an entire city of Mind-blowing History and Beauty

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The Magic of the Renaissance

In the 14th century, a drastic change in the way people were thinking and the art they were making started happening in Europe. One city - Florence, had the most important role in this change. The home of Dante Alighieri, Giovanni Boccaccio, and Niccolo Machiavelli has preserved so much of the renaissance art and architecture created there, that now it is considered the Living museum of this period.

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The genius of the Florentine Early Renaissance

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Sandro Botticelli

Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi (c. 1445 – May 17, 1510), who is widely known as Sandro Botticelli, was an Early Renaissance Italian painter. He was part of the Medici's court artistic group and was highly regarded among his contemporaries but later his work was forgotten until the 19th century. The Pre-Raphaelites rediscovered him and since then his pictures are praised as some of the most important forerunners of the High Renaissance. As opposed to the voluminous, sculpture-like style of latter artists like Michelangelo or Raphael, he put the accent on the linear grace of the personages represented.


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Uffizi Gallery in Florence unveils barely known illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy

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Why is Dante Alighieri so famous and highly regarded?

In 2021, we mark seven hundred years since the loss of one of the symbols of literature and Humanism, and arguably the greatest and most influential poet of the Western world - Dante Alighieri (c. 1265 – 1321). It would be a difficult task for one to find an educated person that hasn't heard of that name and that's not a result made by an elaborated marketing strategy. In fact, Dante wasn't so popular among his contemporaries and the following epoch. His best-known work – Divine comedy – was considered too "medieval", tragical, and rough for the standards demanded by the rigorous and Classical Greece oriented criteria of the Renaissance. It was during the Romantic era, centuries later, that Dante was re-discovered and awed as one of the most important foundations for establishing the universe of Literature as we know it today. Along with Geoffrey Chaucer and Giovanni Boccaccio, Dante was one of the first poets who published in vernacular language instead of Latin, which was the common one among the scholars and intellectuals at that time. In 13th-14th century Europe that was regarded as a revolution and indeed, it was. For, it made it possible for ordinary people to read and learn in their mother tongue, and not long after that, it gave confidence to them to create and express themselves in their natural verbal patterns.


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More Options to Take Part in the International Conference on Arts & Humanities “The Magic of the Renaissance” 2020

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The 7th international scientific conference on arts & humanities "The Magic of the Renaissance", that will take place in Florence, Italy, from 26th to 28th of October 2020, is giving you more options to become part of this unique event.

Those of you who want to participate but have not prepared the needed papers and publications, can register as delegates. Thus, you will be able to become part of the discussions and meet your colleagues and future collaborators in person. For those, who cannot attempt the conference, the organizers from the SWS International Society of Social Sciences, Humanities and Art are offering the option to share your work to the auditory as virtual speakers. More about the event can be found here: sgemflorence.org

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