The language of art

    The project is linked to the need to promote knowledge of Italian language for understanding of the artistic heritage that has always marked Italy and its identity in the world, beyond the intrinsic value of language that has, among modern ones, perhaps the highest cultural value, having been developed from the greatest masterpieces in the history of literature of all time.
    In fact, the matrices of Italian are closely related at the time of artistic fervor that from Italy has spread throughout the Western World.
    The same art of illuminated books was an interpenetration between different forms of expression and languages, both figurative and verbal and often, especially during the Renaissance, the greatest artists tried their hands at literary and poetic compositions.
    "La lingua dell'arte" thus invites to deepen the Italian aesthetic for a better understanding of those inspiring components that form the basis of Humanism, and then of the entire Western Civilization.

Support Italian!

    The initiative came from the need to support the continuation of the Advanced Placement Program in Italian Language and Culture in American colleges, for which the Italian Language Foundation in New York is working for years, along with several other nonprofit organizations.
    The Sustinere Artes Association wants to offer its contribution to the cause, through a multimedia production designed to contemporaneously divulge the knowledge of Italian art and language.
    With the project we try to help in fund raising for the mission, particularly through the Support grid pixels, that can be used by our supporters to contribute to the goal.
    So thanking you for your attention and support, we invite to follow our multimedia activities, hoping that they can be appreciated and interesting.

The Divine Comedy

    The masterpiece of Dante Alighieri (Florence, 1265 - Ravenna, 1321) is the noble basis of the Italian language, and one of the summits of the literature of all time.
    Composed supposedly since 1307, the work describes the poet's imaginary trip into the underworld, a journey that will take him through Hell and Purgatory up to Paradise and to divine grace.
    In one hundred "chants", for a total of 14,233 verses hendecasyllables, is implemented an ambitious plan to give literary dignity to the illustrious vernacular of Florentine roots, disseminating in the same time the thought of the author, who powerfully treats issues of reason and faith but also of politics and current events.
    The creative genius of Dante is not limited to the artistic plane, but on the basis of his stature as a learned man, offers a real cultural basis, above all in verbal forms and vocabulary.
    All scholars and writers of later times, addressing the linguistic debate in Italy, cannot avoid the confront with this excellence and its extraordinary inventions, which inevitably will condition the address and the consequent development of language in the country.
    The Divine Comedy is therefore proposed as a still indispensable reference model, ideal watershed between the Latin classics and the new Italian culture.

    Sustart presents its original online edition of the work, with facing English text and pictures made with the beautiful illustrations by Gustave Doré.
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Sustinere Artes is a nonprofit cultural association with seat in Turin (Italy) - C. F. 97730480015