Il grifone verde con i piedi sulle foglie nel nero
IMAGINARIUM Collection *
"The Green Griffin with his feet on the leaves, in black"
The Griffon in the complex symbolism of the medieval world had different and opposite meanings. Dante in Canto XXIX of the Purgatory of the Commedia as it combines the strength sums up the eagle and the lion. In the Cathedral of Ferrara Griffin takes a negative value instead: it is a satanic presence. The iconography of the painting will defuse the ambivalent nature of this fantastic animal, its meaning is now definitely positive and reassuring: the carefree green griffin just want to give the feeling of harmony and lightness.
The works in this series are drawn from the figures in low relief placed in square frames, or in small niches that adorn the main entrance of the Cathedral of Ferrara and is nestled in the sloping pillars that create the splay of the main entrance. The themes of these sculptures are drawn from medieval Bestiaria, which is a collection of real or imaginary animals that symbolize the virtues and vices or Herbaria whose symbolic value is not always a given interpretation. The title of the small exhibition attracts the imagination of a time now far away, but always fascinating because it is our past, when the events of the life and history were marked by imaginative and fanciful beliefs.