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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At age nine, he fell in love with a woman named Beatrice Portinari, but Alighieri was engaged to someone else at the age of 12.
Out of this chastening grief of exile both from his native Florence and his beloved, Beatrice Portinari, Dante wrought a new life.
There Beatrice Portinari is his beatitude, his porter and portal away from the insanity of turbulent Florence to an ideal city, a haven, heaven itself.
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.
The Vita Nuova tells the story of Dante's love for the Florentine lady Beatrice Portinari. A combination of thirty one lyric poems and prose narrative, the text expresses Dante s love for Beatrice in three movements at the age of nine, when he sees and falls in love with the maid; at eighteen, when the power of a maturing love sweeps through him; at twenty-seven, when he suffers the death of Beatrice, already foretold him in a dream.
Beatrice is usually identified as Beatrice Portinari, the daughter of a noble Florentine family, who married Simone de' Bardi and died at the age of 24 on June 8, 1290.
The original Beatrice was probably Beatrice Portinari (1266 - 90), who married Simone de ' Bardi.
About 1285 Dante married Gemma Donati, to whom he had been betrothed since 1277, but his life was given its direction by his spiritual love for Beatrice Portinari (d.
The Vita Nuova tells the story of Dante's love for the Florentine lady, Beatrice Portinari. A combination of thirty-one lyric poems and prose narrative, the text expresses Dante's love for Beatrice in three movements: at the age of nine, when he sees and falls in love with the maid; at eighteen, when the power of a maturing love sweeps through him; at twenty-seven, when he suffers the death of Beatrice, already foretold him in a dream.