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Divine Comedy- Canto V Minos


This oil on canvas painting is part of the Feminine The Divine Comedy series, created by Roberto Piaia.

  • Artist: Roberto Piaia
  • Title: Canto V Minos
  • Technique: oil on canvas
  • Material: cotton canvas
  • Signed: Yes, hand signed on the front and the back.
  • Year: 2008
  • Dimensions Height: 100 cm.
  • Dimensions Width: 100 cm.
  • Frame: Yes   
  • Certificate of Authenticity: Yes

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Executive Poetics of the Painting Divine Comedy- Canto V Minos:

We begin this phantasmagorical journey penetrating the Divine Comedy- Canto V, where we find the aggressive Minos, with a tail twisted several times around its body. This signifies the location where sinners will have to atone for their sins. The demon is placed at the center of the scene between Paolo and Francesca, who are guilty of adultery.

The Artist’s “piety” portrays the two protagonist figures in the forefront: a moment of stillness within the eternal drag of the storm. A soft cloth on which to remain seated is donated to Francesca. While ‘Paul’ is squatting on a burning rock highlighting an expression full of passion.

The background of the work is full of raging flames which take the form of disturbing figures. Also the guilty book draws some attention, responsible for making the two protagonists aware of their love, and the figure of Minos has ruled to burn forever.

How can love, an instrument of spiritual elevation, bring instead death? The disturbance is such to push Dante into losing consciousness.

Cataloged Publications:

The Feminine Essence (Essenza al Femminile) | curated by Carmen De Guarda and Angelo Mistrangelo | Editor Giorgio Mondadori.

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