“Intra Tupino e l’acqua che discende
del colle eletto dal beato Ubaldo,
fertile costa d’alto monte pende,
onde Perugia sente freddo e caldo
da Porta Sole; e di rietro le piange
per grave giogo Nocera con Gualdo.
Però chi d’esso loco fa parole,
non dica Ascesi, ché direbbe corto,
ma Orïente, se proprio dir vuole”.
Dante, Divina Commedia, Cantico XI Paradiso, 43-54
“Between Topino and the stream that pours
Down from the hill picked by the blest Ubaldo,
A fertile slope slants from a soaring mountain
“Which makes Perugia feel the cold and heatThrough Porta Sole; and for their heavy yoke Gualdo and Nocera weep behind it.
“From this slope, where its steepness tapers off,
A sun has risen up into the world,Just as it sometimes rises from the Ganges.
“Let no one, then, who seeks to name this placeSpeak of Assisi, a word that is too meager,
But of the East, if he would talk correctly.”
43 Assisi lies between the Topino river and the Chiascio, a river near the hill where Saint Ubaldo (d. 1160) built his hermitage.
47 Porta Sole, eastern gate of Perugia, lets in the heat of summer and the cold of winter. The towns of Gualdo and Nocera also feel the weather on the eastern slope of Mount Subasio.
53 Dante puns on the meaning of Assisi’s old name: Ascesi (which means: “I have risen”) and the East (Orient, where the sun rises). The sun and not a mere man has come into the world.
In the Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri describes Assisi as the Orient, the place where the sun rises (Canto XI Paradiso, 52-54). In fact, he compares Francis to the rising sun. It is within this mediaeval context of cosmology that we have to understand the life and times of Francis of Assisi and of Clare, his “pianticella”, or little plant.
Dante and the Mount Subasio
a cicle of poetry readings, installations, performaces inspired by the Dante’s Divine Comedy, Canto XI Paradiso (43-54), in which Dante Alighieri describes Assisi and its sacred Mount.
International artists, writers and poets are invited to participate in the sixth session of this cultural event, which will start again in March 2017, as a part of the residencies programs organized by Arte Studio Ginestrelle artist residency, located in the heart of the Regional Park of Mount Subasio, in Assisi (the UNESCO World Heritage site).
Mount Subasio in Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monte_Subasio
Past Projects 2008 – February 23th 2018
I- First apply for the program Ginestrelle Artists-in-residency 2012, from March to December 2012.
III- Provide Arte Studio Ginestrelle with the following information (the last deadline is the 31st of August 2012):
Please specify: Discipline (Visual artist/Writer/Poet/Film maker/ Performer/Musician etc.), City/Country, Degree title (eg. BFA in Visual Arts, name of the University, city)
Title of the Project which artist would like to develop during his/her residency
Description of the Project (max 200 words)
2 digital images high resolution (300 dpi)
website or e-mail
For joint project-works artists will share the same page into the brochure
List of works for the exhibition, including title, size, medium and sale price
Installation requirements, if any.
the International creative olive grove is a cultural project developed by Arte Studio Ginestrelle,
Assisi, UNESCO World Heritage Site
The International artist residency Arte Studio Ginestrelle is planning new cultural activities throughout the month of November 2016 and for the next year 2017: visit the creative olive grove in the countryside of Assisi, visit the local mills, tasting the new olive oil, development of creative projects aimed in enhancing the rural landscape.
for the complete program, please, contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org