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La Ginestra by AlessiaPelonzi
La Ginestra
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Here’s my last (?) tribute to Giacomo Leopardi’s poetry - and to Il Giovane Favoloso, the biopic recently presented at the Venice Film Festival.

This drawing - in which I portrayed Elio Germano as Giacomo Leopardi and Michele Riondino as his friend Antonio Ranieri - was inspired by one of the last poems Leopardi wrote, La ginestra o Il fiore del deserto (The broom or The flower of the desert). 

In its verses, the poet expresses his vast thought about mankind, history and nature. The great volcano Vesuvius dominates the entire poem with its destructive power. The scotch broom (ginestra), growing in those desolate places without surrendering to the hostile Nature, resembles the image of an ideal man, weak but courageous enough to be aware of his real condition. A man who rejects any illusions about himself and does not invoke from Heaven (or Nature) an impossible help. A man who is a clear metaphor of Leopardi’s condition.

The poet laments the nothingness of the world and of man compared with the universe and the precariousness of the human condition threatened by the capriciousness of nature; then, he satirizes the arrogance of man, who propounds ideas of progress, hopes and eternity, even knowing he is mortal. But the inner message of this canto is very different from the rest of Leopardi’s works. This poem is about solidarity

In the last stage of his life, Leopardi finally develops the concept of “social chain”, in which men, brothers in pain, can bear the pain if they join together. This is because, in the last years before his premature death, the young poet fully experienced the power of a loving friendship with Antonio Ranieri, a young man of noble birth, with whom he spent seven years, travelling between Rome, Florence and Naples - where he died a few days before his 39th birthday.

We can consider La ginestra his spiritual testament, still pessimistic but not desperate anymore and redeemed by the light of a mutual understanding.

Sorry for the long explanation! :)

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Il Passero Solitario by AlessiaPelonzi
Il Passero Solitario
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Quasi romito, e strano
Al mio loco natio, 
Passo del viver mio la primavera.

"The canto Il passero solitario ("The Lonely Sparrow") is of a classical perfection for the structure of the verses and for the sharpness of the images. Leopardi contemplates the bounty of nature and the world which smiles at him invitingly, but the poet has become misanthropic and disconsolate with the declining of his health and youth and the deprivation of all joy. He senses the feast which nature puts forth to him, but is unable to take part in it and foresees the remorse which will assail him in the years to come when he will regret the youthful life that he never lived. In this sense, he is alone just like, or worse than, the sparrow, since the latter lives alone by instinct, while the poet is endowed with reason and free will."
(from Wikipedia)

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Ad Angelo Mai by AlessiaPelonzi
Ad Angelo Mai
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Inspired by the poem of the same name, written by Giacomo Leopardi (1798 - 1837) when Angelo Mai, a Jesuit philologist, found Cicero's books on the Republic. This canto is a clear demonstration of young Leopardi's historical pessimism, where heroes of the past contrast with the indolent cowardice of modern times. The decline of the world is described through a list of Italy's best men of the past - Dante, Columbus, Ariosto, Tasso. Leopardi regrets the loss of all the beautiful illusions and evokes an ideal Italy as in Roman times, in stark contrast with the miserable political realities of his own time.

(don’t worry folks, I’m not going to draw every single poem Leopardi wrote)

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A Silvia by AlessiaPelonzi
A Silvia
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Inspired by one of the most famous Italian poems, A Silvia, written by Giacomo Leopardi in 1828. There is no translation which can do justice to this wonderful poem, nor will there ever be. The canto is about a young, beautiful woman - possibly the daughter of a servant in the Leopardi household - who died prematurely. Her death became the symbol of the futility of Leopardi's hope.

(I wanted to reproduce Leopardi's original manuscript in the background, here's the document)

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Ranieri by AlessiaPelonzi
Ranieri
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Second tribute to Il giovane favoloso (here’s the first one), the biopic about Giacomo Leopardi presented at the Venice Film Festival.

I really loved Michele Riondino’s performance as Antonio Ranieri, Leopardi’s best friend, and I wanted to remember, through the sparks of the background, both the ardent spirit of this young man and the fiery volcano Vesuvius, near which Leopardi and Ranieri spent some months together before the poet’s premature death.
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What is this thing called Tumblr?

Thu Apr 25, 2013, 6:48 AM


Hello everybody,
I finally fell into temptation and landed on Tumblr. I confess I am still terrified by this unknown medium. I have no idea how to use it, but if you want to have a laugh and mock my ineptitude, you can visit my page here: alessiapelonzi.tumblr.com/


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God bless you, beautiful person.
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AlessiaPelonzi Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014
Aw thank you so much! :hug:
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Thanks for the return llama :)
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You're welcome!
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I love your Hobbit stuff. Have a llama.
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Aww thank you so much! :heart:
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My pleasure :)
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Deine Bilder sind echt der Hammer ♥
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Gallery fantastica! *urla" :iconilavplz:
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