Vittoria Colonna: Selections from the Rime Spirituali with Photographs of Josep Maria Subirachs' Passion Façade by Jan ZwickyVittoria Colonna: Selections from the Rime Spirituali with Photographs of Josep Maria Subirachs' Passion Façade by Jan Zwicky

Vittoria Colonna: Selections from the Rime Spirituali with Photographs of Josep Maria Subirachs…

byJan Zwicky

Paperback | April 1, 2014

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A collection of ten Renaissance Italian poems, complemented by contemporary English versions and photographs. This volume provides a unique visual and literary context for Italian poet Vittoria Colonna's classical, spiritual themes.

Jan Zwicky is an accomplished poet, philosopher and musician whose intense and vivid lyricism imbues her poetry with music and passion. Born in Calgary, Alberta, Zwicky studied at the University of Calgary and the University of Toronto before undertaking an academic career teaching philosophy at a number of North American institutions....
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Title:Vittoria Colonna: Selections from the Rime Spirituali with Photographs of Josep Maria Subirachs…Format:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 8.75 × 5.6 × 0.26 inPublished:April 1, 2014Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889843708

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The photographs that interleave the poems of Vittoria Colonna in this volume are not intended to speak directly to her thought but rather to form a backdrop or canvas for the deeply Christian sentiments on which they are based. With the exception of one, they are photographs of Josep Maria Subirachs' Passion Facade, which is part of the exterior of the basilica of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. In the sparse lean angular figures and the strong geometry of the settings, the story of the suffering and tragedy of the passion of Christ loses none of its universal power. In fact quite the opposite. As with Jan Zwicky's versions of Colonna's poems, the modern aesthetic brings new freshness and insight to these classical themes.The Passion Facade was part of Antonio Gaudi's personal vision for the basilica and arose from his own experience of intense suffering, though the actual design of the sculptures was never completed in his life. When Subirachs was commissioned to create the work, his single request was that he be free to follow his own artistic muse. The resulting work is something very different from anything Gaudi would have envisioned. As Subirachs points out, Gaudi believed that the curve, with its rounded and organic fluidity, was the true line of God. Subirachs' geometry is starkly linear and angular, but speaks well to dramatic tensions of the passion story.The single exception to the work of Subirachs among these photographs is the view upwards into the light-filled central spire of the basilica. This is pure Gaudi. We offer it as a visual correspondence to the final transcendence described in the Christian story. - Robert Moody