Dante. The vision of art

"Dante. The vision of art "will be welcomed in the San Domenico Museums until 11 July: he will illustrate at 360 degrees the figure of the father of the Divine Comedy and of the Italian language through a very rich exhibition itinerary, with works from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century: among these, masterpieces by Giotto, Beato Angelico, Michelangelo, Tintoretto, up to Sartorio, Casorati and other masters of the contemporary art.
About 50 works, including paintings, sculptures and drawings, will come from the Uffizi Galleries, which organizes the exhibition together with the Fondazione Cassa dei Risparmi di Forlì.

A journey through the history of art between the Middle Ages and the contemporary age, with over two hundred masterpieces selected from the thirteenth to the twentieth century: from Giotto, Beato Angelico, Lorenzo Lotto, Michelangelo, Tintoretto, up to Sartorio, Casorati and many other masters of the last century.
With "Dante. The vision of art" the Fondazione Cassa dei Risparmi di Forlì and the Uffizi Galleries want to describe the figure of the Great Poet in the 7th centenary of his death.
The exhibition, held at the Musei San Domenico of Forlì until 11 July, is part of the celebrations promoted by the Ministry of Culture.
The exhibition, that is the result of a strong partnership between the two entities, is not just an opportunity to give substance to Dante's anniversary: in the difficult moment that the whole world is experiencing, it also intends to represent a symbol of redemption and rebirth not only for our country , but of the world of art and the spirit of culture and civilization that it represents.
The project was born from an idea of Eike Schmidt, Director of the Uffizi Galleries, and Gianfranco Brunelli, Director of the major exhibitions of the Fondazione Cassa dei Risparmi di Forlì. Curators of the exhibition are Professor Antonio Paolucci and Professor Fernando Mazzocca, assisted by a prestigious scientific committee.
The choice of Forlì as the setting for the exhibition is part of a strategy to enhance a place and a territory that is not just a natural bridge between Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna. Forlì is a “dantesque” city. In Forlì Dante found refuge, leaving Arezzo in the autumn of 1302, with the Ordelaffi, Ghibelline lords of the city. He returned to Forlì, occasionally, even later.
The exhibition deals with a time span ranging from the thirteenth to the twentieth century. For the first time, the intimate relationship between Dante and art is entirely analyzed and reconstructed, presenting the artists who have ventured into the great challenge of making images of Dante's visionary power, of his works and in particular of the Divine Comedy, or who have dealt with themes similar to those of Dante, or who have drawn episodes or individual characters from him, releasing them from the whole story and making them live in themselves.
About fifty works, including paintings, sculptures and drawings, will come from the Uffizi Galleries, co-organizers of the great exhibition. Among these, a corpus of themed drawings by Michelangelo and Zuccari. The famous portraits of the poet by Andrea del Castagno and Cristofano dell’Altissimo. And then the nineteenth century with Nicola Monti, Pio Fedi, Giuseppe Sabatelli, Raffaello Sorbi and Vogel von Volgestein's masterpiece: Episodes from the Divine Comedy.
Not only the Uffizi have opened their 'Dante treasure chest', for the exhibition there will be loans from the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, the National Gallery in Sofia, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen in Dresden, the Museum of Art in Toledo. , Musée des Beaux-Art of Nancy, of Tours, of Anger; and then from the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome, the Borghese Gallery, the Vatican Museums and the Capodimonte Museum, just to name a few.
With a magniloquent and anthological style, the exhibition will lead the visitor to discover the growing legend of Dante through the centuries. The first critical success of the Poet will be shown through the first editions of the Commedia and some of the most important illuminated manuscripts of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Special sections will be dedicated to his fame in the Renaissance period, to the neoclassical and pre-romantic rediscovery of his genius, to the romantic and twentieth-century interpretations of his work and legacy. Separate chapters will be dedicated to the large and successful portraiture dedicated to Alighieri in the history of art, to the theme of the relationship between Dante and classical culture, to the figure of Beatrice, which the Poet raises as an emblem of the renewal of art and his own positive passions.
The protagonists of the exhibition will also be the many representations that some of the greatest artists have offered throughout the history of Dante's narrative of the Last Judgment, Hell, Purgatory and Paradise. The itinerary will end with masterpieces inspired, in their composition, by the XXXIII canto of Paradise.

Information and booking
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Visiting hours
From Monday to Friday: 9.30 am - 7.00 pm
Saturday, Sunday, holidays: 9.30 am - 8.00 pm
The box office closes one hour before time stated.

Adult € 13,00

Reduced fee € 11,00: for groups (more than 10 people),
children 15-18, senior (over 65), special conventions
holders (see the list at the entrance of museum), students.

Reduced fee € 5,00: children 6 -14

Family ticket € 26,00: two adults and max three children (up to 14 years)

Integrated ticket: unique ticket for Civic museums and Dante exhibition
€ 15,00
€ 13,00 (reduced fee)

Special all-in-one ticket “Forlì-Ravenna”: one ticket that covers both the exhibition “Dante. La visione dell’arte” (Forlì) and “Le arti al tempo dell’esilio” (Ravenna)
€ 17,00
€ 50,00 (family only)

Free: children under 6 years, one guest for each group,
helpers, journalists, tour guide, disabled.

Guided tours in foreign languages € 110

How to get to Forlì
By plain:

Luigi Ridolfi Airport in Forlì
(via C. Seganti, 103)
tel. +39.0543.783.411

Guglielmo Marconi Airport in Bologna
(via Triumvirato, 84)
tel. +39.051.647.96.15

By train: main north-south rain links through the
Milano-Bologna-Ancona and
Milano-Bologna-Firenze-Roma lines

By car: motorway A14 from Bologna to Rimini, exit Forlì;
Strada Statale n. 9 (via Emilia)