By Mahnaz Yousefzadeh
This study of the 1st nationwide pageant of recent Italy traditionally reconstructs the occasion, using a mass of un-catalogued and unpublished records left by way of the organizers, which positions the Centenary as a platform upon which an alternate definition of Italian nationwide identification emerged.
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44 An artistic commission tackled the issue of the decoration of the overall city of Florence and especially of the Piazza Santa Croce. 45 A housing commission concerned itself with the arrangement of suitable and free space for the various events, as well as for the distinguished guests. Finally, a commission of finance handled contributions as well as expenses.
These experts were sent to Florence in order to determine which Florentine monasteries and convents were most suitable for a speedy takeover by the national offices. Individual Tuscan senators such as Ginori, Storzzi, Della Gherardesca, Caponi, and Ridolfi responded immediately. They argued that the governmental occupancy placed valuable artwork at a severe risk. indd 28 3/12/2011 7:46:01 AM The Dante Centenary 29 La Nazione frequently criticized the methods of the Piedmontese specialists. 61 The tendencies of the two commissions often clashed in a climate of rising unease.
It is obvious: we celebrate it in order to remember all the good we have done or received in this world, to be grateful towards those who were good to us, and to persevere in making progress and in trying to do good again . . But among [our] memories, we have that of Dante, which is the first of them, not only as far as the date, but also for its importance. Was he not the first one to see where the trouble was and to raise his voice to heal us from our evils? Was he not the first and greatest of our exiles?
City and Nation in the Italian Unification: The National Festivals of Dante Alighieri (Italian and Italian American Studies (Palgrave Hardcover)) by Mahnaz Yousefzadeh