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Italian Language Meeting – April 27, 2022

April 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

When: April 27, 2022
Speaker: Annalisa Bellerio
Where: St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 1501 32nd Ave. S, Seattle 98144
Topic: Raphael: The Boy Prodigy of the Renaissance / Raffaello : Il Ragazzo prodigio del Rinascimento

About the Speaker:
Annalisa Bellerio is an Italian journalist, editor, and writer. After graduating in Art History from the University of Pavia, she worked in publishing as editor-in-chief, copywriter, author of books, articles, and short stories, and consultant for literary agencies. In Milan, the city to which she belongs and returns every year, Annalisa has also worked as an Italian Language, Literature, and History teacher, as a guide for art exhibitions, and as a volunteer in a middle school specialized for disabled children.
In the United States, where she has lived for the past eight years, she works as a writer, an Italian language teacher, and for Language Services. Moreover, she is a certified Yoga instructor, “Competent Communicator” by Toastmasters International, and volunteer “Docent” at Bellevue Arts Museum.
Her paintings have been shown in private and collective exhibitions.
About the Presentation:

For Italian art, culture, and tourism scenes, 2020 should have been “the Year of Raphael”, five centuries after his death. As things turned out, this was not the case. A major exhibition that Rome dedicated to the artist remained closed for months, and other events scheduled to honor him were canceled, postponed, or moved online. Nonetheless, it is not too late to remember this great protagonist of Italian and Western World art history even here in Seattle, in such a suitable location as La Dante. A child prodigy, successful young entrepreneur, loved, revered, and sought-after by popes, princes, and lords from across Europe, Raphael is little known today compared to his contemporaries Leonardo and Michelangelo. 

So, let’s rediscover the extensive work and the revolutionary role this gifted son of the Renaissance played during his short life and much beyond in the following centuries

Per l’Italia dell’arte, della cultura e del turismo, il 2020 doveva essere “l’Anno di Raffaello”, cinque secoli dopo la sua morte. Come sappiamo, non è stato così. La grande mostra che Roma ha dedicato all’artista è rimasta chiusa per mesi, e gli altri eventi in programma per celebrarlo sono stati cancellati, rinviati o spostati online. Ma non è troppo tardi per ricordare questo grande protagonista della storia dell’arte italiana e del mondo occidentale anche qui a Seattle, nella sede molto appropriata della Dante. Bambino prodigio, giovane imprenditore di successo, amato, venerato e ricercato da papi, principi e signori di tutta Europa, Raffaello è oggi poco conosciuto rispetto ai suoi contemporanei Leonardo e Michelangelo. Riscopriamo dunque la vasta opera e il ruolo rivoluzionario che questo dotato figlio del Rinascimento ha avuto nella sua breve vita, e nei secoli che seguirono.


April 27
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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St. Clement’s Church
1501 32nd Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98144 United States
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2021-2022 Season

Live Meeting COVID Guidelines

Even as COVID variants continue to plague the population, we are trying to return to offering live meetings for Dante this season. We’ve all been longing for a return to shared meals, and since this is foundational to Dante activities, we want to make it possible. Following the guidelines and regulations now in place by many workplaces, public venues and community groups, the Dante Board of Directors has agreed to the guidelines listed below as an acceptable plan to keep us as safe as possible when meeting in person. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by these regulations and will continue to stay current as the season evolves. If things get better, we may be able to loosen up the current plans. But meanwhile, we ask that Dante members and those from our wider mailing list cooperate with the plans as outlined below. These are also in keeping with the rules provided by St. Clements, our new residence.

1) Mandatory proof of full vaccination is required for anyone attending any live Dante Meeting. This applies to members, presenters, cooks and guests. Please bring a photo or photocopy of your COVID card with you when you come to any meeting. Dante is not set up to offer secure web-site proof, where you can upload a photo, as some workplaces are able to do. Please just bring the photo on your phone or a photocopy of the card with you. We will make the check-in process as streamlined as possible, hopefully needing to screen your proof only once.

2) Obviously – please do not attend if you have been exposed to COVID, or are experiencing any symptoms of illness. We will make best efforts to record the presentations so that those who cannot attend in person can enjoy them afterwards. There will also be a few meetings presented on ZOOM instead of live this season, for all to enjoy like last year.

3) Masks should be worn at all times at meetings except when seated for dining. This roughly follows the current Washington State rules for indoor restaurant dining and is in line with St. Clements current practice. We will have the windows and doors open as possible in our downstairs dining area. Presentations will take place in the upstairs sanctuary where there is more room for seating at distanced intervals. Presenters can unmask for their talks, as they will be distanced from those seated.

4) Those preparing and/or bringing food to meetings: please mask and wash hands in the preparation of food to be shared. Pre-Dante-Pasta chefs will stay masked in the kitchen. For anyone bringing antipasti or desserts: please portion for individual servings; avoid serving common dips, spreads etc. Food (including bread, cookies, etc) will be served with utensils. Hand sanitizer will be provided and we ask that we all use it each time we return to the table.

Thank you again for your understanding and observance of these guidelines. Let’s eliminate COVID contagion together!!!