For the holiday season in 2019, Valentino Garavani introduced a capsule collection featuring the final verse of Paradiso 33: “L’amor che move il sole e l’altre stelle.” The verse appeared on shoes, hats, wallets, and purses.
18K gold bracelet by jeweller Temple St. Clair, featured on the site The Picket Fence: “The inside of the bracelet features an intimate detail: an inscription of the last verse of Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy–– Amor Che Move Il Sole E L’Altre Stelle (The love that moves the sun and other stars).” —The Picket Fence
The image above also features the matching ring, available at The Editorialist: “Marrying science and art, the Astrid Ring unfolds like an astronomical model of the cosmos, revealing multiple rings that can be worn on the finger, or around the neck as a pendant. Engraved with symbols representing the planets, as well as the last verse of Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy—’Amor Che Move Il Sole E L’Altre Stelle’ (The love that moves the sun and other stars)—this timeless ring expresses the belief that it is love that moves the universe.” —The Editorialist
“Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well-respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption.
“When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide.
“An intriguing and sinful exploration of seduction, forbidden love, and redemption, Gabriel’s Inferno is a captivating and wildly passionate tale of one man’s escape from his own personal hell as he tries to earn the impossible—forgiveness and love.” —Penguin Random House
The 2012 novel, set in Toronto, was adapted into a three-part series of films starring Giulio Berruti and Melanie Zanetti and directed by Tosca Musk. It was produced and released by Musk’s company Passionflix in 2020. The image above comes from the Amazon Prime Video page for the film. Gabriel’s Rapture (Part Two) and Gabriel’s Redemption (Part Three) are scheduled for release in 2021 and 2022, respectively.
Contributed by Margaret Goodspeed
“I created a one-of-a-kind ring inspired by Dante’s The Divine Comedy, Paradiso, Canto 33, The Final Vision. I’ve studied The Divine Comedy in both English and Italian and have always loved the way the poem combines so many seemingly disparate elements: mythology, realism, love, judgment, geometry, and astronomy to name a few. In Canto 33, Dante faces God and sees ‘the Love that moves the sun and the other stars.’ It is the moment when his life on earth intersects with his life outside of this earth.” –Donna Distefano
The ring, which features pieces of actual meteorite, was featured in the exhibit “Out of this World: Jewelry in the Space Age” at the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, Georgia (November 7, 2020 – October 24, 2021). In Style magazine did a piece on it, too (see image below).
See also our previous post on Distefano’s “Elixir of Love” ring.
Contributed by Donna Distefano