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On the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri's death, we present two exceptional drawings by Sandro Botticelli alluding to the 'Inferno' of the ‘Divine Comedy’, which belong to the Vatican Apostolic Library. The exhibition also includes other works from the Vatican Library, the Gulbenkian Museum and other collections.

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is joining the commemorations marking 700 years since the death of Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) by showing two precious drawings by Sandro Botticelli alluding to two cantos of The Divine Comedy (Inferno XII and XIII), thanks to a generous loan from the Vatican Apostolic Library.

The exhibition also includes a series of other works from various collections, which reveal the vitality and topicality of the message of The Divine Comedy, as well as the power of Dante’s world: rare editions, manuscripts and prints of Dante’s poem and works by Auguste Rodin, René Lalique and Rui Chafes.

The exhibition can thus be seen as a journey that offers an encounter with Dante’s text, with the commentaries, interpretations and reflections it has stimulated, and with the extraordinary contributions of artists from the late medieval period to the present day.


Curators: João Carvalho Dias and Maria Helena Borges

Scientific advisors: João R. Figueiredo and Teresa Bartolomei  

Exhibition organised by the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in collaboration with the Gulbenkian Culture Programme.



Discover Botticelli’s drawings in detail, accompanied by narrated excerpts from ‘Inferno’ XII and XIII of Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’.


Explore Boticelli’s drawings with the exhibition’s curator.



Manuscript books

Printed books

Auguste Rodin and René Lalique

Rui Chafes

Complementary Programs

Guided tour with the curator João Carvalho Dias
Friday, 1 October, 17:00
Friday, 26 November, 17:00

Guided tours
Wednesday, 6 and 27 October, 16:00
Saturday, 30 October e 27 November, 16:00

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