At the Mostra (Exhibition) di Belle Arti of Parma in 1870, Sorbi displayed a work entitled La Strada (The Road or The Path), and one certainly wonders if that was in fact the present painting. If so it was then, like several other of his works (figs. 2a-b), sent off to England. Scenes of strolling figures set in the landscape were frequent not only in Sorbi’s oeuvre (figs. 3a-c), but also in those of the Macchiaioli and other Italian nineteenth-century painters such as Giuseppe de Nittis (figs. 4a-e). The present work, however, has a rather unique, evocative sensibility. Sorbi, in addition to landscapes and some contemporary subjects, produced several categories of painting, including scenes set in ancient Rome and Pompeii, 18th century genre, and the one to which this picture belongs, identified by his chief scholar as “Fourteenth Century Settings.” Within this category Sorbi displayed something of an obsession with depictions of the most famous of all Florentines, the great poet Dante (figs. 5a-d). He focused especially on the scene of Dante encountering his beloved Beatrice on a pathway outside Florence (figs. 6a-e). In some cases she holds a bouquet of flowers, and in the present painting, it will be noted that the little girl leading the procession of women also carries a bouquet, perhaps evoking Dante’s first meeting with Beatrice when they were both only nine years old. In any case it is clear that the figures here are not in modern costume, but in Sorbi’s imagined 14th century style dress, which he had employed the previous year in another painting featuring two women entitled Beatrice Feeding the Doves (fig. 7); and so perhaps the present work is a veiled allusion to the walk of Beatrice with her companion. The same young woman with a double braid seen from the back reoccurs in. Book Hotel Raffaello, Florence on TripAdvisor: See 88 traveler reviews, 202 candid photos, and great deals for Hotel Raffaello, ranked #360 of 416 hotels in Florence and rated 3 of 5 at TripAdvisor.. Browse Places. Check out our new and improved places directory. Places allows you to see where your friends are and share your location in the real world..