In 2021, Dante Alighieri (Florence 1265 – Ravenna 1321) will be celebrated throughout Italy for the 700th anniversary of his death. Dante, author of the Divine Comedy universal masterpiece and “father of the Italian language”, is also symbol of Italian culture in the world and inexhaustible source of inspiration till nowadays. This year Florence is organizing many initiatives, culminating in March. Here is a selection of the main events.
Starting from March 25th - "Dantedì", day of the beginning of Dante's journey to the afterlife, Feast of the Annunciation and ancient Florentine New Year's Day – many initiatives will take place. Opera di Santa Croce presents the new app "in Tuscany with Dante", created in partnership with the Regione Toscana. On the same day, the Accademia della Crusca opens a virtual exhibition on the relationship between academics and Dante’s legacy. Many other online activities, including readings of the Divine Comedy, will be available on the virtually open Pergola Theatre.
The Bargello Museum is organizing two important exhibitions:- Honorable and ancient citizen of Florence . A selection of manuscripts, paintings, sculptures illustrate the development of Dante’s fame and cultural role starting from the second half of the 14th century, also thanks to famous commentators such as Boccaccio.- The admirable vision. Dante and the Divine Comedy in the symbolist imagination. A series of works of art, between 19th and 20th century, depicting mystical and dreamlike images inspired by Dante.
The choice of the Bargello is significant: this medieval palace – nowadays National Museum of Sculpures with masterpieces by Donatello and Michelangelo – houses the most ancient portrait of Dante (frescoed by Giotto’s assistants); it was seat of the supreme judicial authority of the city, where moreover the sentence of Dante’s exile was issued.
As soon as Palazzo Vecchio will reopen, the famous "Allegorical Portrait of Dante", painted by Agnolo Bronzino around 1530, will be displayed again in the Salone de' Cinquecento, until May 31st. Dante700 is also expected to be reopen: a beautiful exhibition showing us Dante and his places in the photos taken by Massimo Sestini, on show in Santa Maria Novella refectory.
The Uffizi Gallery is proposing an interesting online exhibition, "To rebehold the stars", dedicated to the sixteenth-century illustrations of the Divine Comedy created by Federico Zuccari. The contemporary art exhibition by Giuseppe Penone will open in June and his open-air art installation in Piazza della Signoria have been displayed on March 25th: both are a tribute to the Supreme Poet. During the second half of the year the Museo Galileo will propose the exhibition "Dall'Inferno all'Empireo - Il mondo di Dante tra scienza e poesia" (From Hell to Empire – Dante’s world between science and poetry).
The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (the most important musical institution of Florence) is organizing three important projects: a complete reading of the Divine Comedy in 20 appointments at the Teatro Goldoni; three concerts conducted by Riccardo Muti in a series of “Dante’s cities”: Ravenna, Verona and Florence (September 13); a special concert dedicated to Dante, conducted by Zubin Mehta, for the inauguration of the New Auditorium of the Maggio Musicale Theatre.
Noteworthy are many other events by cultural institutions: the Accademia della Crusca is organising a preview of the new Museum of the Italian Language in Santa Maria Novella Complex: the Italian Dante Society, the main libraries of the city (Medicea-Laurenziana, Riccardiana and Nazionale) and the archives (Archivio di Stato and Archivio Comunale) are planning a series of documentary exhibitions. A dance show called "Paradise Now" will be performed by the Virgilio Sieni Company in Piazza della Signoria. An international production between theatre and dance, "Progetto Inferno", will be directed by Bob Wilson. New multimedia technologies can be appreciated visiting the Museo Casa di Dante (Dante's house).
On May 14th – to be confirmed – a historical flag parade will cross the city centre, culminating in front of Dante's statue in Piazza Santa Croce.
DANTE the Eternal Poet is a multimedia project by Felice Limosani, that will animate the monumental complex of Santa Croce (a particular place of Dante's memory), thanks to an amazing reinterpretation of the famous engravings-illustrations of the Divine Comedy by Gustave Doré. Inauguration on September 14th.
More events about Dante in the rest of Tuscany on this Website: Danteotosco700.it/en
Notice: the details of the events are subject to variations, also in relation to the development of the epidemiological scenario. Please, check the official website (Italian version only, so far) constantly updated.