The Face of Fundamentalism – Savonarola

Finalmente un uomo immune a ogni tentazione. Nel 1490, colpito dall’intensità delle prediche di Savonarola, l’umanista e mistico Pico della Mirandola esortò il Magnifico a portare il frate a Firenze, neanche fosse un oggetto, di quelli che i banchieri e gli umanisti amavano collezionare. «Il vero predicatore» rispose Savonarola «non sa blandire i principi, ma piuttosto mordere
i vizi loro». Il netto contrasto tra luce e ombra, la testa rasata e lo sguardo intenso esprimono a meraviglia la psicologia del fondamentalista.

At last a man who did no deals, who had no use for the art of exchange. In 1490, impressed by the intensity of Savonarola’s preaching, humanist and mystic Pico della Mirandola encouraged Il Magnifico to bring the friar to Florence. They tried to collect him, as bankers and humanists had collected so much. “The real preacher,” Savonarola responded, “cannot flatter a prince, only attack his vices.” The sharp contrast between light and dark, the shaven head and the intense gaze, wonderfully capture the psychology of the fundamentalist.

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