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Original languageEnglish
JournalNineteenth-Century Contexts
Issue number1
Early online date17 Dec 2018
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019


This essay examines the way in which an Italian poem of the nineteenth century, i.e. Giacomo Leopardi’s idyll L’Infinito (The Infinite, 1819), created one of the most famous places in the Italian literary imagination: a Romantic landscape turned inside out, where life and 'nothingness' can be experienced at once. A comparative study of paintings by one of the most representative artists of the so-called ‘abstract sublime’, Mark Rothko, offers a new visual-arts framework for analysing and interpreting the poetics of this place.

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  • Leopardi, infinite, Rothko, landscape, place

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