Divine Comedy- Canto XIX


This oil on canvas painting is from the Feminine The Divine Comedy created by Roberto Piaia.

  • Artist: Roberto Piaia
  • Title: Canto XIX
  • Technique: oil on canvas
  • Material: cotton canvas
  • Signed: Yes, hand signed
  • Year: 2009
  • Dimensions Height: 60 cm.
  • Dimensions Width: 60 cm.
  • Frame: Yes
  • Certificate of Authenticity: Yes

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Executive Poetics of the Painting Divine Comedy- Canto XIX

Divine Comedy- Canto XIX seems littered with circular holes from which a damned legs are sticking out appearing upside down. The sinners that the divine justice is punishing are the simoniaca, who are traders of sacred objects.

The one who according to Piaia interprets Dante, stops his attention on the one who is shaking her legs more desperately than the others. When invited to speak discloses her identity. It was Pope Nicholas III from the line of the Orsini’s, who is damned for fraudulently favoring their family members.

Dante sees the greed for power and wealth in the Church representatives as the monster with seven heads and ten horns mentioned in the Book of Revelation.

In this work Piaia demonstrates his ability to insert coded messages. The monster of the temporal power of the Church is noticeable within the flames of the ruins represented by the coat of arms of the Vatican. The basis unfolds in a series of symbols and reflections of light that interact and reflect one another.

Create an imaginary staircase towards the abyss. While the certainty of the path towards the light for Dante and Virgil, is given by the decomposition of the primary colors, this is classic Piaia.

Cataloged Publications

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

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Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 60 × 60 cm


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