19 April 2011
Posted in CULTURE AND TRADITIONS
One tradition is connected with another, for the prize for the Joust winner in a golden lance.
The history of the Joust starts probably in 13th century as a knight competition during which the target called Buratto, which represented the King of India, was to be hit by a knight riding a horse. Originally it was meant to be a military exercise, about which in his “Divine Comedy” writes Dante Alighieri.
And here enters another part of our history. Arezzo is one of the most famous cities in all the world for its goldsmith masters. In fact it has the highest gold consumption in all Italy, as well as the biggest gold fabric. The most wonderful products of this ancient art are being made exactly here. But the tradition of Golden Lance starts really in 20th century. On beginning it was a simple lance, with very classic ornaments, and one lance was used from one year to another, being just handed to actual winner, who then paraded with it thorough the city streets accompanied by inhabitants singing Te Deum.
Since 1978 Francesco Conti, one of the most notorious goldsmiths was appointed to be the designer of the prize, and so from the end of 80’s each one lance tells its own story, as being dedicated to one famous historic personage.
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