Articles of the selected author in Verbum:

  • Un sogno e l'amore: nota su due piccoli dipinti giovanili di Raffaello
    Author Tarabochia Canavero, Alessandra
    Issue Vol. VII/2005/1
    Category Artes
    Pages pp. 73-102
    Abstract Two allegorical paintings by Raphael - Knight's Dream or (Scipio's Dream) and the Three Graces - should be considered as bearers of a single message. The three classical life styles, i.e., intellectual, active and voluptuous, symbolized by a book, a sword, and a small branch of myrtle, which two young women show to the sleeping knight, are not incompatible, but reconcilable, as Marsilio Ficino writes to Lawrence the Magnificent. All this is seen by the knight in his dream. The dream, as vacatio animae, is the site of possibility and conciliation. The three Graces show this in the reality, with their ideal dance, expression of the harmony of the opposites, fulfilled by love.
  • La luce in Tommaso d'Aquino
    Author Tarabochia Canavero, Alessandra
    Issue Vol. VI/2004/1
    Category Artes
    Pages pp. 161-177
    Abstract The theme of light is not central in Aquinas' thought. He speaks about it when the opportunity arises, especially when he is concerned with the creation of the world and vision. When he is concerned with light, Thomas appears as the magister, Aristotle's follower, an alert reader of the sacra pagina and of the sancti's works. He clearly adheres to the physics and cosmology of Aristotle and solves the old equivocation according to which light is part both of the sensible and intelligible and divine: proprie light is the one, and the only one, with the help of which we can see through they eyes of our body. Light is the medium through which the sun and the other heavenly bodies influence our world, it is connected to the natural warmth and favours of life. It is neither a body nor a form or substance or a substantial form, but it is the qualitas activa of the sun and of the other self-shining bodies. But as light has a virtus manifestativa, we can speak of light even metaphorice in all the cases in which we have a form of sight or knowledge. For that Thomas can write: "Divina sapienta lux dicitur, prout in puro actu cognitionis consistit."
  • Sulle tracce di Ficino: Il De vita e il Pimander nelle biblioteche dell'Europa centro-orientale
    Author Tarabochia Canavero, Alessandra
    Issue Vol. I/1999/2
    Category Artes
    Pages pp. 159-175
    Abstract A compiere le ricerche di cui mi accingo a riferire sono stata indotta da una conversazione con Eugenio Garin, durante la quale parlammo, fra l'altro, di quanto sia importante, quando si fa storia della cultura, sapere con precisione che cosa di fatto si leggeva: quali libri circolavano, quali versioni, quali commenti, quali antologie, quali miscellanee (mi fece l'esempio dei „piccoli” Aristotele stampati a Lione, che circolarono in tutta Europa nel Seicento). Per quel che riguardava la storia della presenza di Ficino nell'Europa centro-orientale poteva essere utile, per cominciare, fare una indagine su quante e quali copie del De vita e del Pimander sono attualmente conservate nelle principali biblioteche di questa parte d'Europa...