Beatrice Portinari


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Beatrice Portinari
Beatrice di Folco Portinari
BirthplaceFlorence
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
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'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.
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In chapter two, he presents the genealogy of the Alighieri family, the growth of Florence, and the happy coincidence of Dante's first glimpse of Beatrice Portinari, whose family were his neighbors.
In late 1287, Beatrice Portinari is married and the conditions are set for the next major change in Dante's life.