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|Beatrice di Folco Portinari|
|Known for||Inspiration for Dante Alighieri's Vita Nuova and Divine Comedy|
Beatrice Portinari(bē`ətrĭs, Ital. bāätrē`chā pōrtēnä`rē), 1266–90, Florentine woman believed to be the Beatrice of Dante AlighieriDante Alighieri
, 1265–1321, Italian poet, b. Florence. Dante was the author of the Divine Comedy, one of the greatest of literary classics. Life
..... Click the link for more information. 's Divine Comedy and Vita nuova. He first saw Beatrice when he was nine years old, and she remained his ideal and inspiration until his death in 1321. Her identity has been the subject of much controversy.