Of ladies, cavaliers, of arms and love,
Their courtesies, their bold exploits, I sing (William Huggins 1757)
Last days to visit, in Castelnuovo Garfagnana – Lucca, the exhibition by the contemporary painter Antonio Possenti (who recently passed away) inspired by the litterary masterpiece The Raging Roland (Orlando Furioso in italian) by the great poet Ludovico Ariosto: the retrospective will end on Sunday, October 16 2016.
With this exhibition among other events the Garfagnana region celebrates the fifth centenary of Ariosto’s epic poem, together with many national and international organizations. The bond between Ariosto and the Garfagnana is truly strong: the poet in fact spent here three years of his life, sent to Castelnuovo in the 1522 as a governor by the duke of Ferrara.
See the full program for the 500th anniversary of Orlando furioso here: http://www.furioso16.it/
The artist Antonio Possenti represents in a personal and dreamy key not only the stories and the characters of the epic poem, but also the bond of Ariosto with the Garfagnana, insisting on the melancholy that plagued the poet away from his hometown, Ferrara. In the exhibition you can recognize the governor’s antagonist: the bandit from the village of Sillico (a small village in the Serchio Valley), known as “Moro”.
The exhibition is set up in the Fortress of Mont’Alfonso, built in the sixteenth century and recently restored: it dominates the town of Castelnuovo and the upper part of the Serchio Valley, offering 3600 breathtaking views of the Apuan Alps and Apennines.
Mont’Alfonso is a fortified castle on a green mountain, which overlooks the entire underlying valley, is a perfect location for the most diverse events: Tuscany DMC has chosen it as the ideal setting for prestigious corporate and social dinners.