Raffaele Gaetano

Silenziosa Luna

Giacomo Leopardi interpreted through the lens of the sublime
by Raffaele Gaetano
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Project Description

Silenziosa Luna is a work of surprising authenticity. It declines in a philosophical and artistic key, one of the major categories of Leopardi’s poetry: the sublime.

Silenziosa Luna di Raffaele Gaetano

In the cultured and polished introduction, Raffaele Gaetano unveils, with a wise look, the secrets of a concept removed for long time by critics but actually very present in the writings of the great intellectual and poet from Marche region.

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The anthology returns one by one all the references of the Leopardi’s sublime.

Silenziosa Luna di Raffaele Gaetano

The limited edition includes a series of ten original drawings, Max Marra inflects many key words of Leopardi’s sublime: Infinity, Hedge, Moon, Stars, Silence, Nature, Volcano, Lightning, Horse, Clock.

Silenziosa Luna di Raffaele Gaetano

The result, thanks to the precious editorial garb and the presence of a rich iconography on the sublime obtained by the romantic and contemporary art, is very exciting and the work is fully inserted among the most singular contributions on the occasion of the 220 years since the birth of Giacomo Leopardi.

Silenziosa Luna di Raffaele Gaetano

Book Specifications

Silenziosa Luna di Raffaele Gaetano Silenziosa Luna di Raffaele Gaetano   Book closed format : cm 24X24, open format: cm 48X24, pages 72 + cover printed in 4 colors Cover with flaps: closed format cm 24X24,open format: cm 48X24, flaps  cm 15X24, printed in 4 colors Box with die cut shapes:closed format cm 24,3X24,3, open format: cm 48,6X24,3, printed in 4 colors

Author Informations

NameRaffaele Gaetano
Country Italy


RAFFAELE GAETANO is internationally known for his fundamental contribution to the study of Leopardi’s thought with the monumental work Giacomo Leopardi e il sublime (Rubbettino, 2002). As a Leopardi researcher, he published also: Beati se non sanno la loro miseria (Periferia, 1996, extended 2nd edition 1997) and L’autore mio prediletto (Rubbettino, 2001), bringing to light in a masterful critic edition the G. Chiarini’s dialogue, Della filosofia leopardiana (Rubbettino 2000). Simultaneously, he worked on the materialist philosopher P.-H. Thiry D’Holbachin in the work La benda sugli occhi (Rubbettino, 1998), focusing gradually his intense research activity on authors, themes, aesthetic theoretical questions, and on travel literature between sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, in which he is one of the most original researcher. He writes several works of a particular publishing value, because of this literary interest: Sull’orlo dell’invisibile (Monteleone, 2006, Laruffa extended 2nd edition, 2014); Avanti all’anima mia (Gigliotti, 2010, Città del Sole extended 2nd edition, 2014); La Calabria nel Viaggio Pittoresco del Saint-Non (Koinè, 2011); Le vedute calabresi del Saint-Non (Rubbettino, 2018). On the aesthetic side, we can remember the critical editions of little known: D. Anzelmi, Estetica di Lettere ed Arti belle (Rubbettino, 2003); P. Ardito, Artista e Critico (Rubbettino, 2009); G. Gravina, della Ragion Poetica (Rubbettino, 2005); J.-C. Richard De Saint- Non, Viaggio Pittoresco (Rubbettino, 2009). With Max Marra he achieved the notebook: Rembrandt e lo specchio infranto della modernità (Quaderni di Orfeo, 2004), whereas with E. Matassi, W. Pedullà and F. Pratesi, he wrote the essay La Bellezza (Rubbettino, 2005). He is a journalist, author of original cultural dissemination programs for radio and television, he directs important literature and philosophy shows.
He is also responsible for the cultural concepts and editorial projects of Entopan – Smart Networks & Strategies.

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