«Per raggiungere l’estate». Rainer Maria Rilke nella primavera di Firenze

Albert Meier


Rilke’s Florentine Diary, the document of a rather short stay in Tuscany (April/May 1898), demonstrates how the young, but aspiring poet has experienced Florence as the promise of his own future as an accomplished artist. He is, therefore, less interested in the all too perfect masterpieces of Raphael and Michelangelo than in the very springtime of the Renaissance movement, and sees in Giuliano de’ Medici (killed in 1478) the ideal symbol of a new kind of beauty he himself wants to affiliate to in modern times, because obviously it has not been brought to perfection during the sixteenth century.


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