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20th Week of the Italian Language | LECTURE | The Italian Language Through Words and Images: A Stroll Through History

Date:

10/21/2020


20th Week of the Italian Language | LECTURE | The Italian Language Through Words and Images: A Stroll Through History

In order to explore some of the most important steps in the history of the Italian Language, Valeria Della Valle and Giuseppe Patota have created a path through words and images granting the public direct access to documents and historic testimonies. Viewers will have the chance to visit an ancient Roman church and discover the oldest comic strip in history, documenting the language spoken in Rome at the end of the 11th century. They will take us to Tuscany where they'll read a sonnet by Dante, the father of the Italian language. A detail in one of Andrea del Sarto's paintings will then prompt them to read one of Francesco Petrarch's famous verses dedicated to his muse, Laura. They will discuss Machiavelli's prose, invoking Leonardo Da Vinci's brilliance, who was not only a great artist, but a great cartographer as well. It is with Leonardo's words and images that their cultural tour, which celebrates the week of the Italian Language in the world at the Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco, will come to a close.

 

 

Valeria Della Valle, formerly a professor at La Sapienza University in Rome, is a member of Accademia della Crusca and Accademia dell’Arcadia. With Giovanni Adamo, she directed the publication of Neologismi, Parole nuove dai giornali 2008-2018 and of the New Treccani Dictionary (2018) with Giuseppe Patota.

Giuseppe Patota, professor at the University of Siena-Arezzo, is a member of Accademia della Crusca and Accademia dell’Arcadia. Director of the Treccani Thesaurus and co-director of the New Treccani Dictionary (2018), he has published over 150 publications, some of which have been translated and published abroad.

Information

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Time: At 6:00 pm

Organized by : Italian Cultural Institute of SF

Entrance : Free


Location:

Online

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