The Russian poet Osip Mandelstam (1891-1938) wrote: «It is unthinkable to read the cantos of Dante without aiming them in the direction of the present day. They were made for that. They are missiles for capturing the future».
Felice Limosani shapes and updates the opening words of the Divine Comedy through manipulation of the famous illustrations by Paul Gustave Lous Christophe Doré. With the introductory phrase “in the middle of the journey of our life” Dante immediately accomplished something extraordinary. Through the “pluralis maiestatis” he qualified the incoming event as universal to all humanity, not simply His, but Our Life. A pronoun that echoes in the present: the Purgatory of Humanity, the place of almost, the moment of the here and now. Therefore, Limosani’s work evokes our daily life where time has a duration. The place where our lives, passing through the present, act for the good or the bad until the end leads to the horrors of Hell or the Paradise of Heaven. In the two dimensions of the DAW®, it is possible to admire Dante’s Empyrean as opposed to the entrance to the forest. It will be our life and our actions that lead us to one of the two. The figures of the Poet and Beatrice are deliberately left out because what is being told is an eternal and universal story. Everyone's life. Our Life.
He is an artist and innovator in the Digital Humanities, an expert in expressive avant-gardes and emerging languages. He works with the idea of integrating humanistic and digital culture through art and design to create new levels of perception, knowledge, and interaction between people, technologies, and synesthetic experiences. He lives and works in Florence. During his career, he has created commissioned works, exhibited at the Louvre in Paris, Miami Art Basel, Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo, Palazzo Strozzi, Palazzo Vecchio, the Accademia of Florence, the French Academy in Rome, Triennale in Milan and Mies Van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona.
Felice Limosani Collection