"Savonarola Monument" Piazza Savonarola Tip by von.otter
Piazza Savonarola, Ferrara: 3 reviews and 11 photos
?Alas wretch that I am, destitute of all help, who have offended heaven and earth ? where shall I go? Whither shall I turn myself? To whom shall I fly? Who will take pity on me? To heaven I dare not lift up my eyes, for I have deeply sinned against it; on earth I find no refuge, for I have been an offence to it. What therefore shall I do? Shall I despair? Far from it. God is merciful, my Saviour is loving. God alone therefore is my refuge.?
? the opening lines from ?Infelix Ego? Girolamo Savonarola?s meditation, on Psalm 51, composed in his Florence prison, 8.May.1498
In front of Ferrara?s Castello degli Estensi stands a fierce-looking marble likeness of firebrand cleric Girolamo Savonarola, with the terse inscription: nato in Ferrara 1452, arso in Firenze 1498, ?born in Ferrara in 1452, burned in Firenze 1498.?
The use of the archaic Italian word arso (think of the English word arson) is reference to Savonarola?s death by burning. This 1875 sculpture is the work of Stefano Galletti.
Savonarola created a Republic of Florence in 1494, with ?God as the only sovereign.? He made sodomy a capital offense; and inspired the populace to incinerate all their pointless possessions, including intoxicants, books, jewelry and art works. Sandro Botticelli is thought to have been caught up in the craze, and cast some of his own paintings onto the first of these ?bonfires of the vanities.? The citizens of Firenze quickly lost interest this puritanistic mania and in Savonarola. An example of what the people of Florence tired of is a phrase from Savonarola?s sermons, vaso del demonio, ?demonic vessel,? one of the epithets the blatantly misogynist monk applied to women. Overthrown in 1497, he met his end on a bonfire, simultaneously being hanged.
Address: Piazza Savonarola / Corso Martiri della Libertá
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