The sublime love of Dante Alighieri
If The Comedy represents the most complicated, voluminous and famous of Dante’s works, La Vita Nuova is his more sublime poetic composition. The story of his love for Beatrice, starting from their first encounter when she is only nine years old, is described by Dante according to pure “Stilnovo” advices and offers a poetical autobiography, which documents young Dante’s adhesion to “Stilnovo” ideals and spiritual evolution.
In the past "La Vita Nuova" has inspired many writers and artists even if, in six centuries since its creation, an edition entirely decorated with full colour illustrations has been printed only once. In 1921, year of the sixth centenary of Dante Alighieri’s death, three artists worked together to create what we can consider today a real and perhaps unique miniated codex of the XXth century: La Vita Nuova illustrated with forty original watercolours by Vittorio Grassi, entirely hand written by the calligrapher Enrico Brignoli and decorated in every page by Nestore Leoni’s decorations.
Cloth realized by Vittorio Ferrari based on Vittorio Grassi's drawings.