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As we continue to struggle under the heretofore uncharted grip of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Directors has unanimously decided to cancel all activities in the near future. This means that cultural meetings/activities during the month of June and all summer session Italian classes are cancelled until further notice. Though there has been a push to reopen society in varying degrees and stages, Board members continue in their concern over potential health risks to our membership. During our June meeting, the directors will assess the prevailing situation/recommendations to determine what our next steps might be. We will continue to inform members of those decisions either directly or via the Notiziario.

On a different note, I regret to inform you that Vera Buffaloe, a longtime Dante Alighieri member and the Board Recording Secretary for the past 3 ½ years, is moving to Maryland in July to be near her family. She has done an excellent job as secretary but, more importantly, she has been an especially hardworking and dedicated member of the Dante Alighieri Society of Denver. Vera will be sorely missed not only as a devoted member of the Society but also as a friend to us all. We wish her an expeditious and safe move and ask that she stay in touch in the future.

Kristina Bonarelli has graciously agreed to be the interim replacement for Vera’s position until elections this fall. I look forward to working with Kristina who previously served as the Board’s Membership Chair during a past administration. Finally, there have been questions regarding donations to the Scholarship Fund. Thankfully, many of our members have contributed to the Fund either directly or via an additional amount added to their Scholarship Luncheon registration. We continue to request and welcome donations! Anyone wishing to make a gift, please send it to our treasurer, Carol Marsala, at 1696 Garland St., Denver, CO 80215. If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact me and I will attempt to answer them of put you in touch with someone who can.  Grazie e state bene e al sicuro.


With regret, the Dante Alighieri Society has cancelled the summer session of Italian language classes which usually begins in mid-June, because of the public health concerns surrounding the coronavirus.  We are very eager to resume classes in the fall beginning in September, and  will follow public health requirements and recommendations.  We continue to monitor the situation carefully.  Please check the Dante Society website for updates, which will also be published in the Notiziario in future months. For more information, please contact the Education Chair Suzanne Fasing at suzannefasing@yahoo.com  Information about the classes is also available on the web site:  https://dantealighieriofdenver.com/classes/language-classes/


Hey...Is anybody out there?  Yeah, I thought so! I just want to let you know that the Dante Alighieri Society is still here and busy making plans and planning programs once we are able to gather again. The Board continues to meet monthly via ZOOM and has its pulse on what's going on and is eagerly waiting until we can hit the floor running with the slate of speakers we have lined up and ready to go. I hope you are all well.


Raphael 2020: A 500th Anniversary Celebration of the Renaissance Artist.

The artist Raffaello Sanzio—better known as Raphael—is one of the undisputed masters of the High Renaissance style in Italy. But when you realize that the artist died on his 37th birthday, the range and quantity of Raphael’s artistic achievements seem nothing short of astonishing.

2020 marks the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death, and, similar to museum exhibitions and celebrations surrounding Leonardo da Vinci’s anniversary in 2019, Raphael will be the star of the show this year.

In addition to his artistic talent, Raphael was known for his good looks, his popularity with the ladies, and his courtly manners—probably honed at the ducal palace of Urbino, where Raphael’s father was employed as a court painter.  Few artists have been as widely admired as Raphael. His work is celebrated as the pinnacle of Italian Renaissance art along with his contemporaries, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti. Raphael was already famous during his short lifetime for his portraits, his idyllic Madonnas, and his fresco cycles in the papal palace. His work influenced generations of artists after him. And in 2020, we’ll get a chance to appreciate Raphael’s work in a new light.

RAPHAEL’S RISE:  Raffaello Sanzio (April 6, 1483-April 6, 1520) was born in Urbino, where his father, Giovanni Santi, was an accomplished local artist working in the service of the Duke Federico de Montefeltro. Raphael’s mother died in childbirth when he was eight, and his father’s subsequent death left Raphael an orphan at eleven. Raphael’s uncles looked out for his welfare as the boy took over his father’s workshop and studied under the artist Perugino. In a few short years, Raphael earned a place in the ducal palace himself.

But Raphael’s ambition lay beyond the small, isolated mountain duchy of Urbino. He worked on collaborative projects in Perugia and Città di Castello, but he longed to seek his fame and fortune in the ultimate destination for any Renaissance artist worth his salt: Florence.

Raphael arrived in Florence in 1504 with a letter of introduction and some experience under his belt. However, Florence must have appeared as a staggeringly competitive environment for any artist. The 29-year-old Michelangelo Buonarotti had just unveiled his earth-shattering David to the Florentine public. At the same time, Leonardo da Vinci, in his early fifties, was just completing the Mona Lisa. The streets were filled with the likes of Sandro Botticelli and many other famous painters. Thanks to his connections, his likeability, and talent, Raphael managed to work his way into the good graces of several of the city’s important families. He painted several commissioned portraits and also began a series of idealized Madonnas.

Drawn to Rome in 1509, Raphael soon found himself working for Pope Julius II. He painted a series of frescoed walls in the papal palace, including the so-called Triumph of Religion and The School of Athens in the Stanza della Segnatura, between 1509 and 1511. The pope made Raphael the Vatican’s chief architect after the death of Donato Bramante in 1514Raphael spent the last decade of his life in Rome and it was there that he contracted an unknown illness that took his life. News of Raphael’s death spread quickly across the courts of Italy and he was widely mourned. Raphael was given an elaborate funeral and today, his tomb remains inside Rome’s Pantheon.

(Italy Magazine)

Games 2026, the IOC promotes Milan-Cortina: meets all criteria.

“The key elements for any successful Olympics include a clear vision aligned with long-term development goals, a solid action plan, constant support from all sectors and the best possible experience for athletes. Milan-Cortina meets all these criteria ".

This is what can be read in the report published by the IOC evaluation commission on the candidacy of Milan-Cortina for the 2026 Winter Olympics.

Milan Cortina Games 2016According to the IOC, a bid “fully embraces sustainability and exploits the experience, passion and tradition of Italy in winter sports to inspire athletes and offer long-term benefits to cities and regions".


"Italy provides low-cost games fully in line with Agenda 2020 and the New Norms, as well as an innovative vision of the Olympics that combines the urban attractions of the metropolis of Milan with the charm of the picturesque alpine mountain regions of Northern Italy" , we read in the 47-page report of the evaluation committee of the Olympic Committee, led by Octavian Morariuscrive following the visit of 2-6 April. With the aim "to use 93% of existing or temporary competition venues", the IOC underlines, the candidacy "fully embraces the spirit and philosophy of Agenda 2020".

The report also mentions how the Italian candidacy enjoys "strong support united at all levels", both in the private and public sectors. Milan-Cortina "is led by the Italian Olympic Committee and has the unified support of the Italian sports movement, the private sector and national, regional and city administrations, providing solid foundations for the development of the Games". "All the parties involved are united behind the vision of the Games, which act as a stimulus to guide development throughout Northern Italy and the Alpine regions."

"Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's government has expressed its support and provided all relevant guarantees regarding security, customs, immigration and other government services for the Games. The regional governments of Lombardy and Veneto are the guiding forces behind the candidacy and have provided financial guarantees for the construction and renewal of the competition venues, the development of the Games and public services. Lombardy and Veneto are two of the richest regions in Italy, together they represent about 30% of the Italian economy".

"The Winter Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games of 2026 would represent a showcase for Northern Italy, with iconic places and beautiful settings that extend from the historic center and the fashionable squares of Milan to the peaks and mountain villages of the Dolomites". Both Milan and Cortina, reads the text, "each bring their own distinctive identity to the project, a combination that combines the attractions of a modern European metropolis with the charm of a traditional alpine environment". "The candidacy presents a clear vision to use the Games as a catalyst to promote economic development throughout Northern Italy, including supporting regions for tourism promotion and as a stimulus for the economic activities of metropolitan and mountain areas".



Dante discount card

Once again, the agreement between the Vatican and the Dante has been renewed once again for the year 2020.   It allows us to visit the museums at a lower price and get in front of the long lines simply by presenting the Dante Society membership card. The cost to visit the Museums is 16 euros per person, and 1 euro if you decide to purchase the Art and Faith DVD on the Treasures of the Vatican.   The Dante membership card may be obtained by contacting Rhonda Hopkins at 720-596-4169, rhop626@gmail.com, or Gianfranco Marcantonio at 303-494-3080 glm3942@yahoo.com .

For additional privileges for Dante members while in Italy, please visit the following site: http://ladante.it/diventa-socio/le-convenzioni



Over the past 2 years, King Soopers has generously donated over $1,200 to our Scholarship program based on your purchases.

Unless the bottom of your King Soopers receipt says “we are donating to the Dante Alighieri Society..” the Dante isn’t benefiting from your purchase.  You can link your King Soopers loyalty card (phone #) to The Dante by selecting BF884 from King Soopers website/community rewards.  It’s a bit complicated:  contact Carol Marsala (clmarsala@gmail.com 303.237.0688) for information.

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October 30, 7:30 p.m.                             Virtual Presentation:  Divine Comedy – Dr. Seth Fabian

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