“To re-behold the stars, Dante Illustrated: a tribute for the 700 years since the Master Poet’s death”, Uffizi Gallery, Florence

Federico Zuccari, “Inferno Canto III.” Courtesy of the Uffizi Gallery

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The pencil-and-ink drawings are in contrasting shades of black and red. They were completed during Zuccari’s stay in Spain from 1586 to 1588, and became part of the Uffizi collection in 1738. 

The drawings have only been publicly displayed twice previously, and then only a selection, owing to their fragility: in Florence in 1865 to mark the 600th anniversary of Dante’s birth and coinciding with Italy’s unification as a nation, and for a specialized exhibit about Dante in Abruzzo in 1993.

The drawings were originally bound in a volume, with each illustration opposite the corresponding verse in Dante’s epic poem. The texts and scholarly comment will also be included in the virtual show, titled “A riveder le stelle,” (to see the stars again), a reference to the celebrated last line of Dante’s “Inferno.”

Staff Writer. “Italy’s Uffizi opens Dante anniversary with virtual exhibit.” Associated Press [Milan], 1 January 2021, URL. Accessed 12 January 2021.

Events planned in memory of Dante will be mounted in more than 70 towns and villages throughout Italy this year.

Long Form Article: Musical Instruments in Dante’s Commedia: A Visual and Acoustic Journey, Francesco Ciabattoni (2019)

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