Visions of Dante. The Inferno according to Botticelli
On the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighiere'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 joins the celebrations to mark the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s death by presenting two drawings on parchment by Sandro Botticelli alluding to the ‘Inferno’ of the Divine Comedy, on loan from the Vatican Apostolic Library. The exhibition also includes rare editions of Dante’s seminal work, belonging to the Vatican Library and the National Library of Portugal.
Contributing towards an exploration of the editorial history of the Divine Comedy as a fundamental piece of cultural heritage over the centuries, the exhibition aims to open a wide reflection on more general issues: the relationship between poetic image, artistic iconography and religious symbolism, as well as the inscribing of the poetic word into the collective memory by means of its material transmission.
Since the Dantean world transcends time, keeping the message of the Divine Comedy alive and current, we also highlight the presence of works by Auguste Rodin and René Lalique from the Gulbenkian Collection and a sculpture and drawings by Rui Chafes, in close reference to Dante’s ‘Inferno’.
Curator: João Carvalho Dias
Exhibition organised by the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and the Gulbenkian Culture Programme in collaboration with FLUL – the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon and the Universidade Católica Portuguesa.
Support: Italian Embassy and Italian Cultural Institute in Lisbon